The first step in a job search may be to determine if you have the experience and skills for the position(s) you are seeking, but it is not the only step. Regardless of the industry or the position, employers are looking for more than ability; they want workers who exhibit the following traits.

Team Player: Being a team player isn’t always easy, but it’s essential if you want to succeed on the job. Start by reminding yourself that everyone on the team shares a common goal. Great team players know their role and fulfill their responsibilities – on time. They are flexible, reliable, and accountable. They support others by sharing information and resources, giving positive feedback, and showing appreciation. In other words, being a team player isn’t just about you – it’s about everyone.

Excellent Customer Service: If the position involves interaction with the public, excellent customer service is essential. On the other hand, even if it doesn’t include contact with customers, these traits are still important to possess. Customer service is all about treating people in a way that encourages them to come back. Not false flattery, mind you, but genuine caring. Listening to people, making them feel valued and appreciated, and giving more than expected are all ways you can make the customer feel more comfortable.

Goal Setter and Achiever: Employers know that goal setting is a powerful process that not only helps people choose where they want to go and how to get there, but also helps them to stay focus until they reach their destination. Whether it’s an educational, financial, career, or personal goal, the same steps apply. The goal setter decides what to accomplish, puts it in specific and realistic terms, sets a deadline, makes a plan, and focuses on following through until the goal is reached. Employers want goals setters for employees because they know they can depend on the employee to focus on the job and get it done.

Strong Work Ethic:People with a strong work ethic have a positive and productive attitude and approach to work. Employers can count on them to be punctual – not only at the beginning of the shift, but also when returning after a break, attending meetings, etc. A strong work ethic means an employer can depend on an employee to stay focused and do the job right, with integrity, because he cares about quality. In addition, many times when one employee has a strong work ethic, it motivates others to follow suit.

Problem Solver: Being able to recognize and correct problems is a plus on anyone’s resume. Problem solvers aren’t concerned with being right or blaming a person. They get to the root of the problem, and they focus on solutions. By evaluating the situation and exploring their options, they choose the best route for correction. Problems are simply an opportunity to grow and learn – an opportunity to improve the big picture.

Positive Attitude: Employees who bring a positive attitude to work are able to adapt to and cope with the issues that inevitably arise. Instead of worrying about what might happen, they use what does happen to inspire constructive changes. A positive attitude inspires creativity, builds mental strength, increases energy, and instills confidence. Employers especially appreciate the contagion of a positive attitude. Nothing creates a ripple effect of goodwill like the quiet joy of an employee who looks on the bright side and encourages others to do likewise.

Frankly, it all boils down to attitude. Take a moment to evaluate yourself. Do others see these traits in you? Then it’s time to contact WorkBox. We hire people who excel in these traits as well as meet the job requirements. That’s why WorkBox workers are highly sought after by some of the best companies in the area.

Creating a resume and keeping it updated can make the difference when applying for a position. If you are looking for a job, or know the possibility of needing to look is floating on the horizon, set aside some time for this important task.

Begin by asking yourself these important questions.

  • What is my objective?
    First, write a general statement of your work objectives. Do you want to grow in your skills and experience? Do you want to develop soft skills? Do you want to prove yourself as a team player? Once you have a general objective, you are ready to polish it into a targeted objective according to a specific open position. For example, your general objective was to “utilize my welding skills and gain more experience while moving forward toward fulltime employment” and you decided to apply for the following post: “Set-up, lay out and welding of various frame weldments and bolting racks using steel and copper materials. Able to build prototype JIGS/RACKs and Fixtures for production welding projects. Fabrication experience required.” You could update your general objective to “work in a position where I can utilize my welding, prototype building, and fabrication skills to help build the company, while growing as a valued employee.
  • Why should a company hire me?
    Make a list of what you have to offer. Include your:

    • Education
    • Experience
    • Specific skills like operate a punch press or data entry
    • Soft skills like reliability, strong work ethic.
    • Chronological list of where you have worked, including when you worked, what your responsibilities were, and the name of your supervisor. Be sure to include achievements – for example, if you had a record attendance, never missed a deadline, or improved a situation through your problem-solving skills.

    Be very honest with yourself. If you list mediocre skills as excellent ones, you may soon find yourself in a job you can’t do and have a job termination to explain to a future potential employer. Highlight any specific skills and/or experience on your list that will make you stand out from other applicants.

Now that you have gathered your information, you are ready to write your resume. Don’t just fill in a template, but study templates for guidance in creating your resume.

Put your name and contact information at the top of your resume. Then complete the following sections. (Note: some candidates choose to reverse A & B, putting their objective first)

  1. Give a brief summary of your specific skills, accomplishments, and experience that match the position for which you are applying.
  2. Write an objective statement, specific to the position.
  3. List your employment history, beginning with your present position, going chronologically backwards. Include your job title, start and finish dates, the name of the company and a brief description of what they do. Mention your responsibilities and highlight specific achievements. For example, if you worked in maintenance at a warehouse and you saved your employer from a financial loss because of your quick response and ingenuity during a power loss, include that information. If certain positions especially relate to the job you are applying for, give extra attention to details on those positions.
  4. List any specific qualifications that especially equip you for the position.
  5. List your education, including any webinars, workshops, on-the-job training, etc. that apply to the open position – even indirectly.
  6. List references, and their contact information.

Keep your resume brief – no longer than one page. If your first attempt is longer than a page, look for way to rewrite it in fewer words. Show, don’t tell. Use power words. Instead of “I was responsible for the maintenance of all the equipment,” write “Repaired and maintained equipment.”

Proofread your work. Submitting a resume with spelling and/or grammar errors, or typos is a death sentence – your resume makes a quick trip to the wastebasket. After you have proofread and considered your resume finished, then send it to a qualified friend or family member for even more proofing. A fresh set of eyes is imperative. Of course, if you ask someone to proof, then accept their comments graciously and make the necessary changes.

Continue to update your resume as your employment history continues. Does your resume represent you and your work experience well? Be sure to review it before you submit it for any position, making sure you haven’t overlooked any mistakes. Finally, put your resume in good hands.

Submit your resume to WorkBox Staffing. Our multiple offices located in Indiana and Michigan supply the best temp employees in manufacturing, light industrial, warehouse operations, and office support for the best companies. Our screening process is thorough and our expectations are high, but that’s why WorkBox workers are so highly sought after by some of the best companies in the area. We won’t have it any other way and once you’re on board, neither will you.

Are you able to identify more than just your technical skills in an interview? Employers look for candidates who are not only capable workers, but are also cooperative workers. A solid set of soft skills are highly valuable in the eyes of an interviewer. Technical skills are acquired through training and experience (operating and driving machinery, set up machine and light facilities, keep daily logs, etc). Soft skills are transferable skills that relate to communication, personality, and character. Employers value soft skills because you can teach someone how to perform a task, but you can’t teach someone how to have good character traits.

Highlighting your soft skills can set you up for success. Below, we’ve listed some of the most common soft skills, and shared how you can develop them to improve your chances of being hired.

Commitment and reliability
Being a dedicated worker, arriving on time, offering to do more than you are required, and enthusiastically doing your best are all traits of a committed employee. When you perform these actions consistently, you will receive recognition as a dependable worker, and more responsibility. Carry these actions in everyday activities to improve this skill. Arrive at appointments early, complete more chores than anticipated, and respond to friends and family members with care and urgency.

Positive attitude
Do you remain positive under pressure and in difficult situations? A positive attitude is contagious. When one person remains calm and positive in chaotic situations, it’s easier for others to calm down and deal positively with the issue too. When you come to work with a positive attitude, you set the standard and motivate others to follow suit. Can you describe a situation where your positive energy helped direct a stressful situation?

Work ethic
Willingness to work hard, and see the job through, are characteristics of a good work ethic. When you are given a task, take full responsibility over it. Don’t only do what is required; put your best work into every job, go a step above the expected, and be accountable for your mistakes. It is crucial that you prove how well you work in short work situations as well. Often times, a short-term assignment can result in long-term employment if you carry yourself and your work well.

Organization skills are valuable in every job, whether you’re a team member or the leader. Keeping a neat workspace, managing your time, filing forms correctly, and sorting materials are all examples of tasks that require solid organizational skills. Take a moment and look around you; is your home organized? Is your car tidy? Even more important, is your mind organized?

Initiative and self-motivated
Initiative means you take notice of things that need to be done, and do them without having to be told. Self-motivators don’t always have to be excited about the task, but they do put their best foot forward and show confidence in their work. During your interview, explain a situation where you have gone the extra mile for a previous job.

Team player
Team players get along with others easily and encourage those around them to achieve the goal at hand. They put in their share of the work, offer suggestions and solutions, and remain open to new ideas as well.

Conscientious and Loyal
Being known as a conscientious and loyal worker means you work with integrity and you are proud of the company. Most importantly, it shows that you want to do a good job because you know that your work reflects you and the company. To become more conscientious, strive to do your best in everything you do, pay attention to the details, be thorough, and ask questions often. Being proud of where you work and what you do can help motivate you.

As you are preparing for an interview or writing your resume, it is important to have a list of work experiences that show off your soft skills. Think of specific examples from your work history that exemplify times when you showed dedication, worked with a team, or remained positive in a stressful situation.

Make sure you are interview ready by contacting WorkBox Staffing. Our screening process is thorough and our expectations are high, but that’s why WorkBox workers are so highly sought after by some of the best companies in the area. Our interviewers look for these soft skills because we know how valued they are to our clients. Our multiple offices located in Indiana and Michigan supply the best temp employees in manufacturing, light industrial, warehouse operations, and office support for the best companies.