"Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, "What's in it for me?"" - Brian Tracy

What are employers looking for in employees? What traits are considered valuable?

Many surveys have been done in the past to determine what employers are looking for in employees. Certain attributes show up consistently in these surveys. The number one trait that employers stated that they wanted in employees was:

A good attitude

In this day of rush and hurry, and impoliteness, good people skills and the ability to communicate well with others is extremely valued in the workplace.

Team players are needed, and employers are looking for those with the ability to work well with others. This means being able to work well with others and being supportive of co-workers, instead of sabotaging them or trying to make others "look bad" (often at the expense of the project or task). It also means respecting the thoughts and opinions of co-workers.

Criticizing, blaming, or being known as "difficult" is not okay in today's workplace. Smiling, communicating well, and knowing how to be gracious and flexible is highly valued. Employers consider a positive outlook and enthusiasm for the job important, as well as taking responsibility for one's actions and personal integrity. Employers are looking for employees that they can trust, and whom they believe will do a good job.

Self-esteem and confidence are considered part of a positive outlook. Employees with a good attitude will contribute towards reaching the company's goals, and adapt well to the culture of the workplace.

The ability to work hard

This probably comes as no surprise, but the hard working and productive employee is highly valued by employers (and has the best chance of being hired during interviews). This means being willing to do occasional overtime when required, or doing your best work (and not taking frequent breaks or "goofing off") when on the job.

This trait is also related to self-motivation and the desire to succeed. Employers stated in surveys that the self-driven employee who wants to achieve success at work (and takes the necessary steps to ensure it) usually does.

Product knowledge

Employers value the employee who takes an interest in their company, and understands thoroughly the product or expertise that is the basis of company profits. They also consider enthusiasm and a high opinion of the company and the position positive qualities. Learning above and beyond the "minimum", being able to help customers, and actively seeking to increase the company client base are other valued traits according to employers.

The job seeker can demonstrate this enthusiasm and interest in the company by doing "homework" before a job interview, researching the company, its products, its client base, and possibly having ideas on marketing or increasing production.





Nouns (imenice):Verbs (glagoli):
employer - poslodavac
opportunity - prilika
employee - zaposleni
trait - karakteristika
job seeker - osoba koja traži posao
survey - istraživanje
attitude - stav
rush - žurba
impoliteness - neljubaznost
co-worker - saradnik, kolega
sabotaging - sabotiranje
task - zadatak
blaming - optuživanje, okrivljavanje
outlook - stanovište, gledište
self-esteem - samopouzdanje
ability - sposobnost
desire - želja
expertise - stručnost
increasing - povećanje
look for - tražiti
consider - smatrati
determine - odrediti
show up - pojaviti se
value - vrednovati
contribute - doprineti
adapt to - adaptirati se
hire - unajmiti, zaposliti
be willing - biti voljan
succeed - uspeti
achieve - dostići, postići
ensure - osigurati
Adjectives and adverbs
(pridevi i prilozi):
Prepositions and conjunctions
(predlozi i veznici):
valuable - vredan
certain - određeni
consistently - stalno, neprestano
willing - voljan
supportive - koji pruža podršku
gracious - ljubazan, blagonaklon
occasional - povremen
self-driven - samomotivisan
overtime - prekovremeno
beyond - iznad




Nouns (imenice):Verbs (glagoli):
employer – boss, executive, chief
opportunity – chance, possibility, occasion
employee – worker, labourer, workman
trait – characteristic, feature, attribute
survey –research, study
attitude – view, approach, point of view, thinking
rush – haste, rushing, hurry 
impoliteness – rudeness, discourtesy
co–worker – colleague, fellow worker, work–fellow
task – assignment, work, chore
blaming – accusing, incriminating
outlook – attitude, views, opinion, approach
self–esteem – self–respect, confidence, self–confidence
ability – capability, capacity, potential
desire – wish
expertise – professionalism, expertness
look for – search, seek
consider – think, believe, suppose
determine – decide on, choose, establish
show up – appear
value – appreciate, respect, admire
contribute – encourage, promote
adapt to – acclimatize, accommodate oneself, adjust
hire – employ, engage
be willing – agree, comply, consent
succeed – accomplish, achieve, acquire, advance, be victorious
achieve – accomplish, actualize, carry out
ensure – ascertain, assure, certify, check, clinch, confirm
Adjectives and adverbs
(pridevi i prilozi):
Prepositions and conjunctions
(predlozi i veznici):
valuable – useful, important, profitable, worthwhile, beneficial, valued, helpful, worthy
certain – particular, special, individual, specific
consistently – systematically
willing – prepared, happy, pleased, ready
supportive – helpful, caring, encouraging, understanding, reassuring, sympathetic
gracious – courteous, polite, civil, kind
occasional – rare, casual, sporadic
overtime – extra time
beyond – exceeding, surpassing, above



Nouns (imenice):Verbs (glagoli):
employer - employee, worker

opportunity - misfortune, closing, closure

employee - employer, boss

rush - slowness

impoliteness - politeness, respect, manners

co-worker - opponent, rival, enemy

sabotaging - assisting, encouraging

task - inactivity, pastime, entertainment

blaming - approving

outlook - indifference

self-esteem - depression, melancholy, unhappiness

ability - inability, incapability, incompetence

desire - dislike, distaste

expertise - inability, incapability, incompetence

look for - find, ignore, neglect

consider - disregard, forget, ignore

determine - discourage, hinder, prevent

show up - leave, depart

value - disrespect, undervalue, underestimate

contribute - withhold, withdraw

adapt to - neglect, reject, disagree

hire - fire, lay off

be willing - be fair, be just

succeed - fail, forfeit, give up

achieve - fail, forfeit, give up

ensure - contradict, neglect

Adjectives and adverbs
(pridevi i prilozi):
Prepositions and conjunctions
(predlozi i veznici):

valuable - useless, worthless, reasonable

certain - indefinite, uncertain, unsure

consistently - never

willing - unwilling, indifferent, unenthusiastic

supportive - unsupportive, contradictory

gracious - ungracious, disagreeable

occasional - ordinary, frequent

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