You have always wondered why despite the interview going brilliantly well, why you were not one among the handful who got the opportunity to work on board. You have always felt your eyes turn green with envy when your boss does not question even a single decision made by your colleague, while he keeps turning down your proposals. However, what remains constant in these rifts is that the expectations of every employer are not the same from every employee.

Let’s face it: every employer looks for resources that will be able to guide his company and propel it towards success. Tim Murphy’s article on ‘Brazen Careerist’ brings out the positives of a ‘can-do’ attitude. Positivity is one quality that every employer seeks.


“Being a problem-solver will take you far, regardless of your profession or industry, but it will also pay dividends in your personal life. When faced with adversity, something as inevitable as death and taxes, those with a can-do attitude are well equipped to handle any situation. Struggling marriages, partnerships or businesses can often be righted by working through the challenges methodically and with perseverance. In contrast, those who quickly or dismissively deem the problems unsolvable (often known as quitters) are just as quickly defeated”, writes Tim Murphy. But that is not all that an employer is looking for. CareerBuilder India mentions four other types that the honcho is eternally hunting.

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1. Wanters: The wanters are those people who are always keen on learning more. They want more of everything whether it is the learning, the money or the recognition. They come with both pros and cons. But the reason that employers seek them is that there is always a logic that can convince them. Moreover, the pros of having him on board are more than the cons.

2. Revolutionists: While you might think of them as the ones who are always ready to revolt and object, they do raise the red-flag without any reason. Their aim is to fight for their rights and they fight only against oppression. Nonetheless, they are quite bold and open about their dislikes. While the management might tag them as the trouble-makers, employers often consider them a boon for the organization because they hold the promise of becoming change agents.

3. Doers: They are the loved ones in every industry be it IT or HR. You give them a task and they will do it. You give them a task on Friday evening and they will do it. They do not like to pick fights; however, they do like to see the rewards. Just because they do the work does not mean that they live to work. Cheers to the doers!

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4. Keepers: Commitments is one thing that they never break. Give them a challenge and they might not deliver, ask them to promise quality and they will readily stick to their word. Nonetheless, these are the smart players; they don’t overpromise and under deliver – a quality that everyone ends up admiring.

Having said all that, what is defined as types symbolizes traits that anyone can inculcate. You do not have to be a born doer or a born revolutionist. While your basic nature is the determinant of your behaviour at work, professionalism is something that you learn with experience.

So if you want your name in the good books of the employer, begin with the basic soft skills and a conduct that inspires. All in all, employers seek traits that they think will not only match the culture of the organization, but also will be able to bring in an element of freshness and growth on board.

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