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Top 10 Skills Employers Look For – Loyalty

Show them you share their vision

It’s common sense that when an employer is looking for a new employee, they’d select the person who they think:

  1. will put in the maximum effort at work,
  2. wants to be part of their organisation and
  3. wants to stay with the company for the mid-to-long term

Why? Because they’re more likely to be happy and productive

Loyal employees are an asset to any business

It doesn’t matter if you believe you’re onto bigger and better things, while a company has invested in your training and is paying your wages you owe them your best work.

Sure, plan a future where you get to be the boss.

Dreaming of a brighter future is a good thing, and a good boss will go out of their way to help you along your chosen path.

But if you can show a potential employer that you’re willing to return their investment with company loyalty then they’ll be impressed.

And there are other benefits as well – loyal employees are more likely to leave on good terms with their former employer and consequently get better references, plus you’ll build a reputation as a dedicated employee (and someone worth having on the team).

Good things about loyal employees –

Loyal employees work harder
You may think that hard work is a given when you’re being paid and that’s the attitude employers want, but some employees aren’t concerned with anything other than getting paid and cruise along doing the absolute minimum. That’s not great for the businesses productivity or reputation.

They create a positive work environment
Employees who think about doing the right thing in their approach to customer service, accomplishing goals and following company directives, create a positive image for the company. Those employees are also more likely to avoid getting involved in illegal or unethical situations.

They’re proactive at solving problems
Loyal employees who are invested in the business doing well, will often ask questions and raise issues about things affecting other team members or that management aren’t aware of, e.g. a process that doesn’t work, a system that is out-dated, training that is lacking or situations that negatively impact on company employees and need addressing.

They become great ambassadors
A loyal employee is a great ambassador for a business, they’ll talk about it positively to friends, family, online and with other professionals which is fantastic publicity

And let’s not overlook the fact that if an employee is happy about where they work then they are less likely to leave, which is always important to employers when they have a valuable team member.

Show you are loyal (on your CV too)

Just include loyalty as one of your attributes in the Skills section of your CV.

You could work it like this:

  • Committed to organisational goals
  • Dedicated to meeting job criteria and supporting business objectives
  • Take pride in my work and work place
  • Demonstrate a high degree of loyalty and integrity

And then you need to back it up:

  • Think of a time when a friend or family member was going through a hard time, maybe they were sick, over loaded with work, or under stress. How did you support and help that person?

  • If you have a job, think about a time when you were struggling to meet what work expected of you, whether it was the hours, a particular part of the job – like keeping a pleasant and professional manner in the face of a rude customer, and you worked hard to meet the expectations of the company and handle the situation in a professional manner.

  • Volunteer within an organisation or at school and show how you exercised your commitment to the cause or project regardless of other circumstances like exams, school holidays, the chance to go away with friends.

  • Talk about why you chose to work for a voluntary organisation, why you support their goals and how you spread the word in the community about the work that they and encourage others to contribute their time or donations to help out.

  • If you have a job, explain to the interviewer what you admire about the business you work for, how do you support their vision? Do you work hard at your customer service skills so that customers leave with a good impression of the company? It could be that you try to meet job goals in the best time and at the highest quality, so you can contribute to the productivity and good reputation of that organisation.

Don’t forget

List the skills on your CV, think about how you have demonstrated those skills or go out & find ways to prove them, talk about them in your interview.

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