Even though we’re in a candidates’ market, there is still competition for the very best jobs in the employment marketplace. That’s because everybody wants one of the best jobs available . . . and that includes the best candidates.
As such, there is often a fine line between getting a job that you want and not getting it. This is the case even in the current market. That’s because since you’re already employed and relatively happy at the moment, you’re not going to make a move for just any job.
No, if you’re going to make a move, then it will only be for a job that’s really worth it. But guess what? There are a lot of other candidates who are only going to make a move for a job that’s really worth it. And it could be the same job that you’re pursuing!
So how do you stand out from the competition?
Below are four qualities that can give you an edge over other candidates in the employment marketplace:
#1—Expertise in one area (and possibly more)
Knowledge is one thing. Expertise is another. When you’re an expert, you can be counted upon to solve problems and to do so on a consistent basis. And that’s what employers seek: consistent problem solvers.
Sure, it’s also good to be proficient in a number of areas, even if you aren’t an expert in them. However, you should make expertise your ultimate goal.
#2—Desire to continue learning
You should also strive to learn new things, whether they be techniques or the latest trends in the industry. When an employee becomes stagnant, they start to fall behind. Companies do not want to hire that kind of professional.
However, when you desire to keep learning, you continually add to the value that you provide to the organization. And as we’ve discussed before, everything in the employment marketplace comes down to value.
#3—Willingness to do whatever it takes
What employers also consider to be valuable is the willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done. What they don’t consider valuable is an employee who bristles at the prospect of doing extra work or doing something that falls outside of their job description.
So arm yourself with this attitude at the outset of the interviewing and hiring process. (Ideally, though, you should already possess it.)
#4—Proactive attitude and frame of mind
This is another attitude that you should possess. When you’re proactive, you take action before you have to. Basically, you tackle a situation before a problem arises, and more than likely, you prevent that problem from arising in the first place.
On the other hand, when you’re reactive, you react to something that has happened. In many cases, that something is a problem that arose because you were not proactive in the first place!
How many of these qualities do you possess? How many do you need to acquire? Conducting a personal inventory now could give you the career edge you need later.