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Attitude, Attitude, Attitude

February 15, 2012

Employers consistently say that attitude is all important when it comes to employability.  We would agree.   A willing, friendly attitude goes a long way in the workplace.

How to demonstrate the right attitude

Capp and Ernst & Young have come up with ten tips they believe will help you develop the kinds of attitude that wins jobs:

  1. Take some risks and make mistakes – employers are happy to hear about when things go wrong, as long as you have learnt lessons.
  2. Do something that makes a difference – don’t just focus on your studies. Employers want to see that you’ve used your drive and initiative to do more than the average.
  3. Shout about your part-time jobs – if you work on a checkout you are delivering client service, in a business and working in a team
  4. Develop your commercial awareness – if you want to work for a commercial organisation you need to show you are interested in business.
  5. Study hard – your academic results demonstrate your intelligence, work ethic and ability to solve problems.
  6. Find out what you are good at – different jobs require different strengths and you will be much more motivated and successful if you are playing to your strengths.
  7. Learn to work to deadlines – we don’t live in a perfect world and you will have to deal with time, budget and resource constraints effectively.
  8. Develop people skills – you need to show you can work well with others and deliver results collaboratively.
  9. Be positive – organisations want people who can deal with setbacks and overcome challenges.
  10. Become self-aware – if you know what your strengths and weaknesses are, your likes and dislikes, you can grow and develop effectively.
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