There are many ways to stand out as a professional in the employment marketplace. You could have more technical skills. You could have more experience. You could even have more soft skills (or people skills).
In addition to skills, there are also characteristics. These aren’t skills, per se, but they’re closely related. They involve how a person deals with situations, including the people who are involved in those situations.
And there is one characteristic that can give you a tremendous edge in the marketplace. That characteristic is resiliency. There are a few reasons why this is the case:
#1—Resiliency is always in demand.
Studies have shown that resilient people are more successful overall than people who are not resilient. But more than likely, you don’t need studies. Your own life experiences have probably shown you that’s the case.
Employers are always looking to be more successful. As a result, they’re always looking for employees who are more successful. And in terms of achieving consistent success, resiliency is at the top of the list in terms of desired traits.
#2—There is a lack of resiliency in the marketplace.
Now of course, there’s no way to measure this in a truly quantitative fashion. However, based upon The Doepker Group’s extensive experience working with employers, we’ve found that hiring managers are constantly in search of candidates with this characteristic. And one of the reasons they are is because they can’t find enough professionals who possess it.
#3—Resiliency can make up for other perceived shortcomings.
Perhaps you don’t have all of the technical skills necessary for the position. Maybe you don’t have enough experience. However, if you possess resiliency and you have a history of being resilient in the face of adversity, then a potential employer will balance that against what you might lack in other areas.
The bottom line is that possessing resiliency and being resilient makes you more attractive to companies and organizations as a job candidate.
We’ve discussed before in The Doepker Group blog how value is the bedrock of the employment marketplace. Employers want value. They’re willing to pay for value. And they want to hire professionals who have value and can provide that value to them.
The characteristic of adversity is a form of value. In fact, as mentioned above, it’s one of the most coveted forms of value in the marketplace.
So this is as good a time as any to ask yourself how resilient you are. What examples of resiliency can you offer? What challenges and obstacles have you overcome in your life, both personally and professionally?
Adversity is inevitable. How you deal with it will determine the course of your life, including your career.
The Doepker Group has experience placing professionals in the Information Technology and Engineering industries, and we can place you, as well.