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Attitude is key in the new workplace

May 23rd, 2006 · 2 Comments

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With skill shortages abounding in the traditional professions here in Australia, and the competition for each skilled person coming on the market so fierce – professional practices and many other industries are having to think laterally to attract and employ staff.

My husband has a professional practice, and so I have experienced first hand (as well as from a recruiters viewpoint) the trials of finding suitable staff.

Over the years, we have refined G’s strategy regarding staff.  We can sum it up in one word:

ATTITUDE!

It is a fine line, of course – professional staff need to have some basic professional qualifications.

Once those basic qualifications and experience are satisfied, however, it’s all down to attitude.  And the ‘right’ attitude beats experience and skills hands down.  We’ll take on people who don’t have the classic experience profile if they have the right attitude.

That attitude is a ‘can do’ one.  A commitment to the organisation and to their career as a career rather than just a j.o.b. that brings in a paycheck.

A preparedness to get the job done, and a continual commitment to improving their skills and ability and to move forward.  And of course, a positive optimistic outlook and the desire to work as a valuable member of the team.

I think this is what most employers are looking for these days – with or without the experience and qualifications. 

How can you best demonstrate these qualities to a prospective employer in your resume and at interview?

If you can prove you have this attitude – you will be picking and chosing the cream of the jobs every time you go to move on.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Maryanne // May 23, 2006 at 10:30 pm

    This is a great post. Attitude is essential in so many ways. One thing I’ve always looked at in trying to identify attitude of a prospective employee is what they do in their free time. What other organizations are they involved in. I also ask so interesting questions. For example, what’s the title of the last book they read? What kind of car do they drive? If they had an entire day to themselves, what would they do? It’s amazing how simple answers to these questions can offer a glimps into the type of attitude they may have.

  • 2 Leah Maclean // May 24, 2006 at 5:58 am

    I completely agree Karen. A long time ago I came across an interesting strategy for engaging new staff – hire for attitude, train for skill.

    Too many businesses, large and small, make the hiring decision based on skill and experience and believe that through “team building”, leadership and other attitude training they will get the person they are looking for.

    Even though skills and experience are critical in some roles there are numerous times when it is not essential. My own career is a testament to organisations that were willing to take a chance on a person that had a commitment to the customer and a desire to learn. One of the things that helped enormously was the great mentors I had in the early days.

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