Learn about three qualities a CEO looks for in potential employees, regardless of job title or sector.

When businesses hire new employees, there are thousands of skills and traits they may be looking for depending on the job title and market. But what are some qualities employers look for, regardless of the job or industry? Glenn Clayton, CEO of Appleton, gave us an answer!  

A CEO Explains 3 Qualities Employers Want

June 20, 2016

A CEO explains 3 qualities employers want, regardless of the job title or industry.

When businesses hire new employees, there are thousands of skills and traits they may be looking for depending on the job title and market. But what are some qualities employers look for, regardless of the job or industry?

Appleton is headquartered in Huntsville, AL and provides HR services for schools.Glenn Clayton, CEO of Appleton, gave us an answer! Appleton provides technology and services that help school districts solve their most complicated HR processes. Areas of support include an all-in-one school HR software, managed services, staffing services, and training. Glenn, a Huntsville local, gave us three qualities he believes employers should look for, regardless of what is listed on the job description.

1. Intelligence: the ability to learn or understand things or to deal with new or difficult situations

Intelligence goes beyond what is on your resume and in your cover letter. Glenn stresses that intelligence, both in general and in your particular field, are incredibly important traits he looks for when hiring. Being able to think on your feet and translate book knowledge to real life scenarios is what makes employees stand out during the hiring process. Problem solving skills and the ability to adapt to different situations are key factors employees need to succeed in the workplace.

2. Grit: mental toughness and courage

Work can be stressful and draining sometimes; that’s why Glenn appreciates those with grit. It’s important to be able to withstand and conquer the constant changes and obstacles you face in the workplace. People with grit have the ability to persevere through difficult situations and are able to learn from them. In your next interview, try explaining a difficult situation and how you resolved it, displaying your ability to persevere, learn, and grow.

3. Motivation: the condition of being eager to act or work

This trait leads not only to better workers but a happier workplace. A workforce that is motivated and eager has better energy and productivity, helping increase synergy and overall happiness. Glenn looks for employees who have an internal desire to improve; those who have their own sense of motivation and drive tend to find the solutions to problems rather than avoiding them. Set short and long-term goals at work to increase your motivation and stay on-track towards success.

Glenn Clayton, CEO of Appleton. Glenn Clayton, Appleton’s CEO, began the award-winning company in 2004 when he was an 18-year-old college student. From humble beginnings providing tutors and part-time teachers, Glenn has overseen Appleton's growth into one of EdTech's most exciting companies. Today, Appleton is a leading provider of HR technology and services with a team of over 4,000 educators, HR professionals, business professionals and software developers who all share his vision of making HR easier and less costly for public schools. The 29-year-old CEO says his passions include strategic planning, team building, and public speaking.

Is there a quality you would add to the list? Let us know in a comment below!

Definitions pulled from Merriam-Webster dictionary.

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