What are employers looking for? And what kind of employee do they want? Well, you might be surprised. We asked a few employers what they’re looking for in future employees, here’s what they had to say. What employers aren’t necessarily looking for is the smartest person in the group. People think, you know ‘they want to see my university qualifications’ – that’s not the case today. Basically just to go out there and get some more experience, try out anywhere It’s not always the paperwork that’s going to be the most important thing to get your job. See? You don’t have to be the smartest or most qualified person to get the job. Let’s have a look at what kind of qualities employers are looking for. What is it about this job that interests you? Because if the employer thinks that you’re going to be bored in the job or there’s no interest or excitement for you in the job their fear is that you might leave the job and they don’t want that they want employees to stay. They want to learn, that is a really big thing. We hear from employers that they want to put them on traineeships or apprenticeships but they want someone that wants to learn. And that’s the first three things they say to us is that they’re going to turn up, they’re on time and that they’re willing to work. Employees that are willing to learn and improve themselves, so that’s a key aspect as well. Someone who’s got the maturity and the confidence to say when they don’t understand things and certainly be able to take advice. Probably someone who’s punctual, reliable and eager to learn things. Honesty and reliability, and for people to fit in and to look like the image of their organisation. Initiative is another thing that makes young people stand out. If they can go in there with an interest and asking lots of questions and almost anticipating the next thing that needs to be done, they’re a real asset to an employer and that will make them stand out. Enthusiastic employees, people who are showing some pleasure for being there. Sometimes there’s a number of different applicants that will go for a job but it’s often that person that is the most likeable one, the one that will have something a bit aside that will make them fit in with the rest of the team there and fit into the culture of the place that will win the job over. Honest, mature, reliable, enthusiastic – I’ve got initiative and integrity. Does that sound like you? A lot of employers are looking for any kind of work experience – be it casual in retail, hospitality, even the fast food industry. Always try and work at like a fast food place ’cause then you can get jobs really easily. Like, I worked at KFC for two months and now I can get a job anywhere. Also like to point out the value of young people working in the fast food area. Employers really value young people that’ve worked in these industries because they are trained exceptionally well in customer service. Really great personality so you’re bubbly and you’re into everyone and understand people, how you can read people if they’re really annoyed when they have customer complaints, and to keep calm and stuff like that. Yeah, everyone wants to hire a 17-year-old who’s, you know, friendly. Just get in there, put a big smile on your face. Work hard and just don’t give up. Yeah. See, you can pick up some great skills working in hospitality and the fast food industries that’ll serve you well in any job in the future. But it’s not just about you as an individual – it’s also about how well you work as part of a team Somebody who is going to fit well in the organisation, who’s not going to work against it. Teamwork, being able to work with people, is very important to them. The thing that separates one person from another often is the
their ability simply to get on with others, that’s teammates or it might be getting on with your boss, too. Did you get that? Employers aren’t just looking for someone who looks good on paper – you’ve got to have the right sort of qualities. Honesty, reliability, a good team player. If you’ve got those qualities you’re more than half way there.