Do you have the personality traits employers hire the most?

Ever wonder if your personality will fit with what employers are hiring and favoring the most with candidates? I know I have.  And new research has shown that “88% of employers are looking for a ‘cultural fit’ over skills in their next hire as more and more companies focus on attrition rates,” said Meghan Casserly, Forbes Staff writer. Universum, a Stockholm-based employer branding firm, conducted the study “with 1,200 of the world’s leading employers (GE, P&G, Accenture etc.) to find the personalities big businesses are looking for,” said Casserly.


Top 3 traits looked for in new hires:

1-Professionalism (86%)  2-High-Energy (78%)  3-Confidence (61%)

– “These first-impression traits are the most critical for employers to prepare for as they all can be evaluated by a recruiter or hiring manager within the first 30 seconds of meeting a candidate.” – Kathy Harris, managing director of executive search firm Harris Allied

The other top traits pertain more to interview and resume preparation:

4-Self-Monitoring (58%)  5-Intellectual Curiosity (57%)

-With self-monitoring try to “choose anecdotes that show how you’ve saved, made or achieved in previous positions… and how self-motivation was critical to that success.” For intellectual curiosity, employers are looking at two specific things: “The ability to problem solve and the ongoing dedication to learning new technologies or solutions that will continue to advance in the changing workplace.” -Harris, managing director of executive search firm Harris Allied

Take a look at the full article with further details to get “a leg up on the competition.”

A friend’s recommendation can go a long way.

This probably isn’t the most polite way of asking for a job! Yet, asking is important in the job search process. Yes, use your friends! The tasks of finding a job, submitting a resume, and then waiting and following up, aren’t the most pleasant. It doesn’t happen with the snap of a finger. And hiring trends are continually changing. Big companies like Ernst & Young, an accounting firm, are increasingly using their own workers to find new hires. This does save time and money for the company, but it lengthens the odds of job seekers without connections, especially those who have been out of employment for quite a while.

This doesn’t mean that Ernst & Young doesn’t look at every resume, “but with a referral from a current employee, that will put you in the express lane,” says Larry Nash, director of experienced and executive recruiting at Ernst & Young.

Take a look at this article from the New York Times and see what industry experts are saying. Here’s one more piece of insight from Nash that should make you want to read the rest of this article:”Indeed, as referred candidates get fast-tracked, applicants from other sources like corporate Web sites, Internet job boards and job fairs sink to the bottom of the pile.”