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Attitudes of employees

 Here’s a reason to smile - you may never need to master the complexities of your job, as long as you maintain a sunny disposition you’re far more likely to stay in work than your supposedly ‘expert’ colleagues with poor attitudes, according to the results of a recent employer survey.

The survey results revealed that employers value the positive mind set and attitude of applicants far more than their skill set or work experience.

Recruitment group Reed have discovered that out of 1,000 employers surveyed, 97% said that they would choose a candidate who may not have the complete set of skills and experiences desired for the role, but who demonstrated a positive mindset, over one who met the skill criteria but whose attitude was poor.

The same criteria applied to firing procedure. Two thirds of employers surveyed said that if push came to shove, they would keep those employees with the right attitude rather than those with a more complete skill set.

WikiJob co-founder, Ed Mellett, says graduates should be particularly pleased about the overwhelming consensus in employer priorities. ‘This survey reaffirms the value of a positive attitude both when searching for work and in the workplace itself’, says Ed. ‘Skills can be taught and experiences gained but a person’s mindset is a harder thing to change. If a candidate demonstrates that they are positive, enthusiastic and willing to go the extra mile to chase up a job opportunity they can make up for any skills deficit that they have and inspire confidence in employers. This is particularly good news for graduates with limited work experience, who can now be assured that their enthusiasm and motivation are valuable assets to prospective employers’.

The findings of this survey are discussed in a forthcoming book entitled ‘Put Your Mindset to Work’ which shows candidates how to analyse and improve their mindset so that they can show their true worth to employers. Co-author James Reed, Chairman of HR and recruitment group Reed, says: ‘Mindset completely trumps skill-set, as this research shows. While these findings hold true at all times, they are especially relevant now. The after-effects of recession, record youth unemployment and public sector redundancies have pushed job-competition to new highs. As people struggle to stand out even where job-growth has returned, applying these insights is more important than ever to build the future you want’.