5 Traits That Make a Good Employee

It’s smart to showcase these qualities when you’re looking for a job

In most workplaces, you’ll find that there are average workers, who are competent at their jobs, and then there’s the cream of the crop. If you want to be among the latter, we’ve got some suggestions. Whether you already possess some of these qualities, or want to focus on developing them, they’ll position you well for success in interviewing or in the workplace.

If you’re looking to improve your chances at getting hired, read on to see if you have what it takes to develop these valuable “soft skills.” These are traits that will not necessarily be listed in the job description—but trust us, employers are looking to see if you can demonstrate that you have them.

1. Strong work ethic

Are you someone who shows up on time, works hard, and sets high goals for yourself? Are you dependable and self-motivated? An employer wants to be able to trust that you’ll consistently complete tasks on time and follow through with your best work, without requiring a lot of supervision around your routine responsibilities. Some people call this a “self-starter”—the kind of person who takes advantage of any down time to think ahead about how they could be doing their job more efficiently.

2. Positive attitude

Do you make an effort to get along well with others—even those with different personalities and working styles? People with a positive attitude are valuable not only because they help create a more pleasant work environment but because they’re consistently better at collaboration. This is especially useful in the field of healthcare, where split-minute decisions can mean the difference between life and death. But employers of all kinds thrive thanks to employees who pull together and create a harmonious workplace.

3. Flexibility

Are you adaptable and resilient amidst changing circumstances? Are you willing to adjust to take on new or different tasks when needs change, especially on the fly? Are you good at finding a way to make progress even if you don’t “get your way”? Employees who respond well to change are easy to work with, and when responsibilities shift, being flexible can create opportunities to learn new skills.

4. Great communication

Are you able to convey information effectively, in person as well as in writing? Do others understand your message as well as your intention? Good communicators are aware of the cues they send with their body language as well as their words. Being able to use the language that meets the employer’s needs—not just what’s comfortable for you—is important in any job.

5. Self-assured

Everyone is better at some things than others. Are you clear about what you excel at? Maybe one of your strengths is your passion for your work. Employers want to hire people that know themselves well, and who know their strengths. And knowing your weaknesses is an asset because it means you’re already aware of your areas where you have the potential for most growth!

Every position will require specific skills and training, but these are sure to help you no matter what career field you pursue. However, they aren’t always easy to demonstrate on a resume, so you’ll want to think about how you can showcase any of these strengths at a job interview. Don’t be afraid to ask friends, fellow students, and colleagues you admire for feedback and suggestions. Show of the skills that separate the average worker from the most valuable employees!


This post is part of the weekly blog of the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health, located in Manchester, NH. Visit us online to learn more, or reach out to schedule a campus tour!

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