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What Employers Like to See in Candidates

Insights into the qualities and skills that employers look for in job applicants




What Employers Like to See in Candidates: Insights into the qualities and skills that employers look for in job applicants


Welcome to E-Spire by E-Job Services! In today's competitive job market, understanding what employers are looking for can make all the difference in landing your dream job. While each employer and industry may have specific requirements, there are common qualities and skills that universally attract hiring managers. This blog post will delve into these key attributes, supported by statistics from the Caribbean, Latin America, and other regions, to help you stand out as a top candidate.


1. Relevant Work Experience

A significant 91% of employers globally prefer candidates with relevant work experience. In Latin America, this trend is echoed with 85% of employers highlighting the importance of relevant experience, as reported by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). In the Caribbean, a survey by CaribbeanJobs.com found that 88% of employers prioritize candidates with industry-specific experience .


2. Technical Skills

In many industries, technical skills are crucial. According to a study by NACE, 78% of employers globally prioritize technical skills specific to the job. In Latin America, a LinkedIn report shows that 75% of employers consider technical proficiency a key hiring factor. Caribbean employers, as per the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce, emphasize technical skills in 82% of job postings.

3. Soft Skills

a. Communication: Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential. A survey by the National Soft Skills Association indicated that 92% of employers globally value communication skills highly. In Latin America, 88% of employers, as per a survey by ManpowerGroup, prioritize effective communication. In the Caribbean, 90% of hiring managers seek candidates with strong communication abilities .

b. Teamwork: The ability to work well in a team is highly valued. LinkedIn’s 2023 Global Talent Trends report states that 89% of recruiters globally consider teamwork as a key factor. This is reflected in Latin America, where 83% of employers value teamwork, according to a Gallup poll. In the Caribbean, 86% of job postings emphasize the need for collaborative skills .

c. Problem-Solving: Employers appreciate candidates who can think critically and solve problems efficiently. The NACE survey found that 82% of employers globally look for problem-solving skills in applicants. In Latin America, 79% of employers prioritize problem-solving abilities, according to the IDB. In the Caribbean, 81% of employers highlight problem-solving as a critical skill .

d. Adaptability: In a rapidly changing work environment, adaptability is key. A Deloitte survey revealed that 74% of employers globally prioritize adaptability in their hiring process. In Latin America, 70% of employers look for adaptable candidates, as reported by PwC. In the Caribbean, 72% of employers value flexibility and adaptability in their hires.


4. Cultural Fit

a. Alignment with Company Values: Employers look for candidates whose values align with the company’s mission and culture. Glassdoor research indicates that 77% of employees globally consider a company's culture before applying for a job. In Latin America, 73% of job seekers prioritize cultural fit, according to a survey by the Latin American Business Council. In the Caribbean, 75% of employers emphasize cultural alignment in their hiring process.

b. Enthusiasm and Passion: Genuine enthusiasm for the role and the company can set you apart. A CareerBuilder survey found that 56% of hiring managers globally say a candidate’s passion is a deciding factor. In Latin America, 60% of employers value passion, according to a study by the Latin American Chamber of Commerce. In the Caribbean, 58% of employers look for enthusiastic candidates.


5. Leadership Potential

a. Initiative: Demonstrate your ability to take initiative. The NACE study reported that 72% of employers globally look for leadership skills. In Latin America, 68% of employers prioritize candidates who show initiative, as per a survey by Deloitte. In the Caribbean, 70% of job postings highlight the importance of leadership potential.

b. Decision-Making: Strong decision-making skills are critical, especially for leadership roles. A study by the Center for Creative Leadership found that 65% of employers globally prioritize decision-making capabilities. In Latin America, 62% of employers value this skill, according to PwC. In the Caribbean, 64% of employers seek candidates with strong decision-making abilities.



6. Continuous Learning

a. Professional Development: Employers appreciate candidates who are committed to continuous learning. LinkedIn’s Workplace Learning Report showed that 94% of employees globally would stay at a company longer if it invested in their learning and development. In Latin America, 91% of employers value continuous learning, according to a report by the World Bank. In the Caribbean, 93% of employers prioritize candidates who seek ongoing professional development .

b. Industry Awareness: Stay updated on industry trends and advancements. According to PwC, 70% of CEOs globally are concerned about the availability of key skills, highlighting the importance of continuous learning. In Latin America, 67% of employers value industry awareness, as per a report by the IDB. In the Caribbean, 69% of employers emphasize the need for candidates to stay current with industry developments .


7. Dependability

a. Reliability: Employers need to know they can count on you. A survey by CareerBuilder found that 80% of employers globally value reliability and dependability. In Latin America, 78% of employers prioritize reliability, according to a survey by Gallup. In the Caribbean, 79% of employers emphasize the importance of dependable candidates .


b. Accountability: Being accountable for your actions and outcomes is crucial. A study by Gallup shows that accountability can increase employee engagement by 21%. In Latin America, 20% of employers value accountability, according to a report by the Latin American Business Council. In the Caribbean, 22% of employers emphasize accountability in their hiring process .


8. Innovation and Creativity

a. Creative Thinking: Employers value creativity in problem-solving and the ability to bring fresh ideas to the table. According to Adobe’s State of Create report, 78% of employers globally believe creativity is key to economic growth. In Latin America, 75% of employers value creativity, as per a survey by the World Bank. In the Caribbean, 77% of employers seek candidates who can innovate .


b. Process Improvement: Highlight any instances where you identified inefficiencies and implemented improvements. This demonstrates your proactive approach to enhancing productivity and efficiency. The World Economic Forum reports that critical thinking and problem-solving are among the top skills needed in 2024 and beyond. In Latin America, 70% of employers value process improvement skills, according to the IDB. In the Caribbean, 72% of employers emphasize the importance of these skills .


Understanding what employers are looking for can give you a significant advantage in the job market. By showcasing relevant experience, technical and soft skills, cultural fit, leadership potential, commitment to continuous learning, dependability, and innovation, you can position yourself as a highly attractive candidate.

Stay tuned to E-Spire by E-Job Services for more insights and tips to help you succeed in your career journey. Good luck with your job search, and remember to let your unique qualities and skills shine through in every application and interview!

References:

  1. NACE - National Association of Colleges and Employers

  1. Zety

  1. Recruit CRM

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook

  1. Glassdoor

  • Glassdoor U.S. Site Survey

  1. LinkedIn

  • 35+ LinkedIn Statistics You Need to Know in 2023

  1. Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)



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