Every employer looks for different experiences and skillsets in their workers. But while your professional background is important, your character “will have the greatest impact on whether you get the job you want,” said Brian Tracy, author of “Earn What You’re Really Worth: Maximize Your Income at Any Time in Any Market”.

Regardless of the industry in which you operate, these are the five non-negotiable character traits that companies are looking for in prospective employees:


I have been in the Banking sector for over 10 years, and I can confirm without hesitation that this is the single most important character trait. Honest people can be trusted and they tend to be more loyal.


Every industry has deadlines, whether short- or long-term, so time management is an important skill set to possess.


Demonstrating resilience is one of the best ways to sift the wheat from the chaff: those who go the distance and those who stumble at the first hurdle. Employers are looking for employees who can stick to their goals through difficult times, and provide support to the team during times of change and transition.


There’s nothing worse than an employee who over-promises and under-delivers. Behaving like this is your one-way ticket to problems at work and potentially disciplinary action.


In a fast-aced world, with countless distractions along the journey to success – remain focused. Amazon founder and the richest man in the world right now, Jeff Bezos, is a staunch advocate for the power of focus.  He attributes his great success to his “obsessive-compulsive focus” on his customers, instead of the competition.

With the year drawing to its close, the above should serve as a reminder of what is expected from you as an employee/prospective employee. Reflect on the above and consider how you can influence your own behaviour, as this ultimately forms your character.

Wishing everything of the best for the new year!


Parts of this piece were quoted from www.destinyman.com

Disclaimer: The article is provided for general information purposes only. Whilst care has been taken to ensure accuracy, the content provided is not intended to stand alone as financial advice. An expert should be consulted for advice based on the facts and circumstances of each transaction/case.

The contributor (Kim Nokwaza) shall not be liable for any loss or damages suffered by anyone who relies on or acts upon the information contained in this piece.

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