When Job Hunting Skills Often Take a Back Seat

There is no doubt that having the required skills is an important factor when finding a job. However recruiters often look beyond your skills or technical competency. It may surprise you to know that it’s often a positive attitude and interpersonal skills that will really seal the deal.

Recruiters know that a winning attitude can determine your success within a role. In fact, a study conducted by Leadership IQ identified the reason why 46% of newly hired employees fail within the first 18 months. http://www.leadershipiq.com/blogs/leadershipiq/35354241-why-new-hires-fail-emotional-intelligence-vs-skills

The study suggests that:

  • 26% fail because they can’t accept criticism or feedback.
  • 23% can’t manage or understand emotions.
  • 17% lack of motivation to be a go-getter.
  • 15% have the wrong attitude.
  • 11% lack the necessary skill sets.
  • This tells us that the majority of new hires fail, because of a lack of emotional intelligence rather than a lack of skills. You see, workplace culture has become an integral part of hiring. These days, organizations want new hires to “fit in”. Part of the recruiting process involves weighing a candidate’s skills against their emotional intelligence, coachability and attitude.

    What does this mean for job seekers and ladder-climbing professionals?

    It means that you should select companies that have the culture, ethics and working styles that are best for you; and that when looking for employment, along with relevant skills, be sure to add some examples of your coachability, emotional intelligence, motivation and temperament to the mix.
    For example, tell of a situation where you were able to accept feedback and implement the changes suggested, refer to an example where you were able to effectively handle your emotions and deal with a co-worker in a rational and intelligent way, and talk about your inspiration and what personally motivates you to do your best.

    Remember, in addition to developing technical skills, you must develop your attitude in these four areas. A winning attitude will set you apart from your peers and maximize your chance of career success. If you need help with your resume, or to prepare for a key interview, we’d be happy to help. Contact us to set up a time to chat.

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