4 Qualities of a Good Employee

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While every position requires different experiences, strengths and skills, there are certain employee qualities that are beneficial to any professional. When writing your resume or speaking to a potential employer, highlighting these qualities and giving examples of how they have benefited you in the workplace will give you a leg up on the competition. Additionally if you are a hiring manager, keep in mind these qualities to look for when hiring an employee.

1. Initiative

Taking initiative outside the set responsibilities of a position is an ideal quality to have as an employee. When hiring, employers want someone who can confidently complete their assignments, but they also want someone who will go above and beyond the call of duty.

2. Prioritizing

Being able to prioritize your responsibilities is another quality that makes good employees stand out in the workplace. An employer wants someone who can not only balance his or her many responsibilities, but also be able to recognize which ones are most important or time sensitive.

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3. Communication

Strong communication skills will help you no matter what job you are applying for. Being able to speak professionally, clearly, and politely will take you far as a professional. Also, having good writing skills is equally important. Clear communication of ideas and the ability to give instructions are some great qualities to look for when hiring employees and to have highlighted when constructing a resume.

4. Reliability

A potential employer wants to know that he or she can count on you to be there when they need you. An ideal employee quality is punctuality and having a solid attendance record. When an employer needs extra help, a reliable employee will step in and pick up the slack without waiting for instruction.
Highlighting these four key qualities on a resume or in an interview will definitely benefit you in your job search.
If you need help hiring or looking for work, reach out to our recruiting team at Whitman Associates to get started with us today!

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Whitman Associates is a professional staffing agency serving businesses and job seekers in the Washington, D.C. area. Since 1972, we’ve been dedicated to matching highly qualified candidates with a wide variety of temporary, temp-to-hire and permanent positions. We prioritize the needs of both our clients and candidates to ensure successful, lasting relationships.