What Employers Look For

As individuals differ, so do employers.  Each has its own culture, set of expectations, offerings and preferences.  That being said, universal "deal breakers" definitely exist with the majority of quality employers.  The employers discussed and represented within this website are deemed "quality employers," many of which have been officially recognized and awarded as "top places to work."  These are employers who offer permanent career advancement opportunities with promotions from within and competitive compensation, benefits and working conditions.  Accordingly, beyond incoming skills, goals and experience, they prescreen new team members for the following criteria...plus a whole lot more!
  

• History of Employment Stability: as defined by length of time at previous positions and gaps between jobs.  Excusing unavoidable economic cutbacks and the lack of job availability, the highest rating here will exceed an average of 2+ years at each employer over the past 5+ year period with no unexcused gaps between positions.

 

Attitude Demonstrated in Application and Interview: A respectful, enthusiastic and flexible attitude is most beneficial.  Especially now, where the number of candidates for most positions exceeds the number of available positions, the application process might be inconvenient and somewhat unpleasant at times.  Just smile and do your best to get through it.  Do not write or speak negatively regarding past employers.  Avoid derogatory phrases such as "unhappy with management" or "poor management."  Many employers don't mind if you leave this blank.  "On good terms" is a great response if it's accurate.

  

Handling of Unemployment: Undoubtedly we've seen an enormous number of mistakes made by employees resigning their jobs without another secure job in hand.  In volatile economy, many employers need to downsize, freeze or cut pay, postpone promises and cross-train the retained employees to fulfill added responsibility as a means of corporate survival.  If you made a hasty judgment that you regret and it hurt your work history and stability, just "own up" to it and state what you have learned.