Avoid these Common Mistakes New and Inexperienced Managers Make

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Congratulations! After all of the time and sacrifice you have put into your company, you have finally been promoted to the position you rightfully earned. This type of achievement is something that will definitely not go unnoticed. But like with anything in life, the higher the climb, the bigger the fall. As a director, supervisor, or manager of your company, it is imperative you understand and internalize the overall struggles that these leadership positions will entail. For many novice and inexperienced managers, they make the big mistake by not internalizing the various ramifications their actions can have on the company and their employees as a whole. Without understanding these flaws, you can find yourself in a very difficult position later on down the road.

To be an effective business leader, it is imperative you understand these overarching mistakes. By highlighting the political, control, and motivation hurdles, you will be able to lead your team in achieving their goals each and every day.

Below, I have highlighted some mistakes new managers have made or seen. While you may still experience some of these mistakes later on down the line, you will be able handle them in the most efficient and effective way possible. To help aid the process, I have broken these flaws into four different categories:

  • Performance Management
  • Career Development
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Skills

Performance Management

As a supervisor or manager at your company, it is important that you maintain a high level of performance and responsibility within your job. One of the biggest mistakes many novice managers make is being slow with dealing with performance issues. Yes, you are essentially the new kid on the block. In fact, you may have employees who undermine your authority because of your age and experience with this leadership position, but this should not deter you away from putting out the fires within your team. If you are noting specific performance issues early on, you will be able to give and create helpful feedback and viable solutions to ongoing or future performance issues. Now while all of this is happening, make sure you document any type of performance, whether they are positive or negative. Understanding the strength of your team will help you adjust your own strategies in leveraging the best out of your employees. If you find that the situation has escalated to unforeseeable outcomes, these notes may give you enough reason to terminate a particular employee. In addition, understanding the strengths of your employees will alone, provide a stronger and more holistic understanding to  those who can handle any high-level task. Remember, play the cards that are dealt. While some might not be in your favor, try and strategize so that they can benefit you your team as a whole.

Career Development

It goes without saying that a great leader is not a person who sets out various objectives, but inspires innovative and strategic action. To do this, it is imperative that you know your employees. Take the time to understand their personal and professional goals. Ask them overarching questions of their feelings about the job and where they see themselves five (ten, twenty) years from now. By understanding their own personal objectives, you will be able to help move them into either a better position or a different company. In addition, make sure you understand their strengths and weaknesses. While I have already mentioned this before, internalizing and noting the strengths and flaws of your workers will give you areas that you know your employees can excel and thrive in. It will also give you areas in which they themselves can grow and professionally develop in the future. Start off with their work. Understand their own personal work ethics and various tasks they can do well. If you know there is one particular flaw that they have, be sure to notify them of that weakness. For some employees, they are unaware of that limitation and can oftentimes overlook their own work ethics. This will give you the opportunity to showcase your leadership skills and build them to be efficient, effective, and consistent rock stars later on in their careers.

Leadership

While leadership has become more of a buzzword within the business sector, you have to understand the various attributes that align to it. Strong and successful leaders look to create and grow opportunities for their team. They will not only allocate any resources that can aid them in their efforts, but also specify what objectives they want to hit each and every day. Now, as much as I can talk about the organizational and managerial skills all leaders encompass within their professional careers, I have to highlight the true goal of a leader, inspiring action. The art of a leader is not to simply dictate various tasks. Instead, they are to inspire creativity, ingenuity, and action. This type of leadership is something that can take a mediocre team in hitting their objectives each and every day. To do this, be positive and transparent. Be informative and creative. And most importantly be decisive and confident.

Organization

Successful managers are great at their jobs because they are simply organized with their day-to-day task. As a manager, your role will require you to create a logistical system that workers in overseeing your employees’ task and your own. One of the biggest mistakes novice managers make is not taking a holistic approach is preparing their systems. Make sure you spend an hour or so compiling a system that works for you. The more organized and sound your logistics are, the better off you will be in executing any task that comes your way.

What to do When you Start a New Job

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Starting a new job is an opportunity for reinvention. Unlike your previous job, you are able to establish a new positive perception that can solidify your personal and professional brand within the office. For this to be beneficial, you have to of course think about the person and employee you want to be. As much as you can be the entertaining guy at the office, you want to make sure your actions and thought process are geared towards career success. To do this, align your actions with your goals. This type of mentality will allow you to clarify and foster the person you are meant so that you are ready for your big first day.

Now as exciting as it may be to enter into a new position at a different company, you have to understand that you are still technically on a probation period. To secure your job and establish that positive presence within the office, you want to provide a strong first impression amongst your peers and management. Unlike college, a quirky joke or a favorite sports team will not be the saving grace in establishing that positive image. Instead, being thought provoking, strategic, and hardworking will help specify your presence within the office

To help you through this process, I have provided various helpful tips that you can utilize on your first day. Like it or not, first impressions do matter. And if you are looking to grow and succeed at this new company, you want to make sure you start things off on the right foot.

1. First one In, Last one Out

As stated above, your first few weeks within this position is more of a probation period than anything. During this time, a majority of your coworkers, especially your managers, will be observing your work ethics and your work behavior. With that being said, embody the phrase, ‘first one in, last one out.’ Now I am not saying that you have to be the first one in the office. But if you are looking to make a positive impression on your managers and higher ups, try arriving earlier than most. In addition, just don’t hang out in your cube or relax in the break room. Instead, try talking with some of your colleagues and start working immediately.

2. Ask a lot of Questions

Remember, you are the new kid on the block. As much as you want to showcase your strengths, you have to understand that you are still miles behind the rest. To help you with this, make sure you ask a variety of questions. Constantly asking will allow you to learn more about the culture and overall role of your position. In addition, try going beyond the parameters of your position and connect and network with other departments. This may lead to something more positive in the future.

3. Network, Network, Network!

Regardless of your position or your field, network will never stop. In fact, the concept to connect with another person should be a natural tendency if you are looking to move and grow with your company. To learn more about the office and your colleagues, make sure you are connecting both in and out of the office. In addition, try networking with some of the higher ups. This can possibly provide them particular ideas, especially with promotional talks.

4. Do the Dirty Work

Like it or not, you are still the newbie and as much as you want to tackle the bigger clients or the more lucrative campaigns, you have to understand your place in the totem pole. During your first few months, make it a priority to volunteer your time to your team, especially if you are done with your work. This will, in turn, allow you to gain a stronger insight about your position and propel you to where you need to five months down the line. Remember, everyone has to start somewhere. So why not start by engaging and learning from those around you.

The Top Five Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

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In today’s world, young professionals have an incredibly distinct advantage than their predecessors. They are better educated, more ethnically diverse, and more economically active. But even with all of their great talents and academic accolades, many millennials are still having trouble having landing that dream job.

As competitive as the job market is, there will always be a way for you to improve and better yourself for that next job interview. To help, I have provided five of the most difficult questions and various tips in how to answer them. If you would like more practice, please visit my SlideShare presentation, 50 Job (and Graduate School) Interview Practice Questions by Geoffrey Byruch. This presentation provides fifty real life practice questions that are constantly asked at interviews for both businesses and graduate schools.

1. Tell me about yourself.

If you have not heard this question, then you have not been on an interview. While simple in its phrasing, ‘Tell me about yourself,’ requires a lot of thought to speak openly and candidly about yourself without having to sound too egotistical. To help with this process, first understand the overall environment of the interview. For many of these interviewers, they want to know the type of person that could potentially be working at their company. To do this in the most beneficial way, try walking through your resume with a theme in mind. The idea of ‘I’m a numbers person’ or ‘I constantly look for challenges’ can be great way to format and explain your personal and professional experience. Be sure to be organic and informative. If you can, try lightening up the mood with a bit of humor or empathy. Playing with emotions, especially if you have done charity or nonprofit work, can be an excellent way in reeling them in for more.

2. What interest you about this company?

No matter what program or job interview you go to, you will always be asked: ‘What interested you about this company?’ For those individuals who did not do their homework, this may be incredibly difficult to answer. But for those prepared candidates that were able to thoroughly research both the organization and the position, this will be your moment to shine. For many recruiters, they are looking for their candidates to have a strong grasp of their company. Whether it is the company’s history or the overall job itself, having those concrete points can showcase your investment and preparedness for the interviewer. To help you with this process, make sure you research the company, the company’s history, and the position. Take a few notes and highlight any points that stand out to you. These points may come in handy later on down the line, especially during your interview.

As for your answer, make sure you can relate it to your previous roles and future goals. Having that type of connection can showcase various transferable skills that you can bring to the table each and every day.

3. What are the most difficult challenge you had to face and how were you able to handle it?

For many recruiters, they want to know that you are able to handle the arduous ups-and-downs of the workday through an example of a difficult challenging work experience. While this question may not come as a surprise, many job applicants are often confused as to which situation they should speak candidly about that could best showcase their strengths. To make it easier on yourself, try and pick an example that you know incredibly well. Make sure the example is relatable to the situation and can highlight your strengths as a leader and a thinker. Last but not least, make sure you can tell it well. Even if you feel like you are telling the same story to every interviewer, stick with it. That story can help positively direct the type of candidate you are for their company.

4. What can you say are your greatest strengths? What about your weaknesses?

Having a deep understanding of your personal and professional strengths and weaknesses will always be incredibly important no matter where you go. For many hiring managers, they know that you are not perfect. In fact, no one is perfect. Because of this, they are looking for particular characteristics that you can leverage or utilize if you were hired with that company. In addition, they also want to make sure you personify the same traits as their own workers. To help you with this process, be honest about yourself. If you know you are weak at communicating, be sure to mention that. But make sure you follow it up with various solutions of how you are willing to improve on that skill.

5. Where do you see yourself in X years?

At the end of the day, hiring managers want to make sure that they are speaking to someone who is highly drive and ambitious. For you to showcase this, make sure you are able to speak openly about your goals and where you want to be in X years. One point you want to of course highlight is the leadership opportunities within the company. Talking about leadership will not only show ambition, but also commitment for said-company.

How to Deal with Difficult Coworkers

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At some stage of your career, you will more than likely run into a co-worker or manager that you will not exactly see eye-to-eye with. As frustrating as it may be, it is absolutely vital that you keep calm and relax about the overall situation. Nothing more can be done to exacerbate a tense relationship, but there are a few techniques you can utilize to help alleviate or diffuse difficult circumstances in the most amicable way possible.

To start, many tense situations arise because there is a miscommunication between you and the other person. I have seen these countless times where a coworker and I could not agree upon various decisions for a specific project. While personality does play a large role within these particular situations, it is imperative that you overcome your pride and ego and understand their perspective and mindset on the matter. In most cases, each person has a different understand at the overall steps for a particular goal. To alleviate this, start by proactively listening. Be sure to pay close attention to what the other person is saying and concentrate on points where there could have been a possible miscommunication. Once you have done that, begin by opening up a discussion on expectations. When any project is launched, there will always be a multitude of people and ideas involved. To help lessen any confusions of the matter, make sure you are able to discuss the various tasks and objectives everyone is going to do. This type of opened discussion can help clarify what you and your coworkers can do on a day-to-day basis. Last but not least, be sure to take responsibility for any type of miscommunication that was your own fault. Especially within the business sector, we are quick to point fingers at others to help sustain our professional reputation. If you know that it was your own mishap, own up to it! I guarantee you that that type of gesture will help calm any tension between you and your unfriendly coworker.

If you find that the animosity is not based on miscommunication, but personality, then it may be your best bet to try and avoid that person within your day-to-day. Now I know what many of you are thinking: ‘We work on a team’ or ‘I HAVE to work with this person directly.’ As difficult as it may seem, there is always ways in which you can easily avoid the situation such as planning your day around them. If you find this to be too taxing, you could possible bring your problem up to a manager or someone in human resources to help find you that much needed support. That way you will have an unbiased arbitrator who can help bridge a gap to your tense situation.

Now the last bit of advice I can give you is for you to change your personality. Unless you are completely aware of what you say and how you act everyday, you are more than likely overlook your own professional behavior. To help with this, start by treating people with respect. Even if your associate isn’t in the same field or job description as you, having that level of consciousness can earn you more admiration than stress.

How to Gain Respect at the Workplace

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Respect and recognition is not something that is handed to you. But it is arguably one of the most sought out titles a person will want within the workplace. While there is no step-by-step process of going about this, there are several areas that you can refine in order to improve your professional status within your company.

To start off, begin by demonstrating your worth and value as an employee. At any company, there is always a starting point. The process of gaining respect from both your colleagues and your superiors starts almost immediately when you enter the workplace. While this may not reflect your salary or your title, your attitude and office personality can highlight your underwritten role and importance at your company. To showcase this, come in with a positive and driven attitude. Believe it or not, many people showcase a variety of office personalities during their first day at the office. As much as you want to be personable or comical with your coworkers, you also want to be aware of the lasting impression your first appearance will make with the general public. Having a positive, friendly, and driven work ethic can demonstrate that much-needed professionalism that can get you noticed at your office.

Once you are able to establish your office personality, try and open your services to both your coworkers and your superiors. To do this efficiently and effectively, be sure to speak calmly and listen to others. One of the best ways to establish respect is first and foremost establishing trust within your office. Show your peers that you are able to take opinions and critiques before taking direct action or decision. In addition, be respectful, especially when collaborating with others. While there may be points where you want to showcase your leadership or knowledge to the group, you also have to understand that much of collaborative projects require you to work within a framework of a team. Because of this, make sure you are aware of your actions within a group setting. Be open-minded and welcoming to all ideas while also putting your best foot forward within any situation.

Now, respect cannot come about if you do not, first and foremost, respect yourself. With that being said, make sure you show a strong display of self-confidence. At the beginning of your career, you may have been intimidated or overwhelmed by the set of expectations asked by your superiors. While this type of timid display is understandable, it is important that you develop a level of self-confidence in your status and your work ethics at the office. Maintaining this individual identity will allow you to settle naturally within your position, while also improving your standing at your company.

To leverage this within your company, try and seek out various leadership positions, even if it is for a short period of time. Having this professional opportunity can showcase your level of commitment and importance at the office.

Last but not least, to gain respect for your peers and your superiors, make sure you show humility. As much as you want to showcase your strengths, being able to admit your flaws can gain the necessary respect needed to be a leader at the workplace. Many great leaders are those that can internalize their strengths and weaknesses. Show your human side but maintain a sense of bravado and self-assurance that shows you can handle any task given at hand.

Setting Goals for your Professional Career

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Regardless of who they are, successful people always have goals. When establishing yourself at the workplace, it can be easy to feel suffocated, confined, and worrisome with the lack of direction to help navigate your steps within your chosen field. That is why I highly recommend that establish your vision and goals for your professional future before making any type of actions at your company. Having a clear vision of the end-state will allow you to set necessary steps to achieve success during your tenure at your company. For this to be beneficial, you need to be crystal clear on what you are looking to achieve and how it will shape your professionally.

While easy as it may sound, creating professional goals are incredible tough. Yes, we can all throw the goal that we want to be the next CEO of a company. While I will not criticize your professional ambitions to make it to the top, I will question whether or not it is plausible, especially if you are unqualified for said position. When creating your professional goals, you want to make sure it will do two things. The first thing your goals should do is that it should challenge you each and every day. Many people need this type of motivation to get them through the mundane task at the office. They need to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Having the goal to move up within your company as a manager or director is a perfect way to start. Now, as much as you want to shoot for the stars, you also want to be tangible. This brings us to our second requirement when creating professional goals. While asking to be the next CEO or the next Mark Cuban is always fun to talk about, having this as a goal can be extremely detrimental to your overall success and growth as a professional. Your goals are meant to push you to be better than who you are. They cannot push you to your best if you know they are unattainable.

So how do you create professional goals? What should you do to make them as effective and beneficial as possible?

Start off by avoiding vague words. One of the hallmarks of a good goal is that they are well detailed and crystal clear about what you are looking to achieve in the future. Oftentimes, people create various goals like “get more clients,” or “make more sales.” While the concept is understandable, the actual goal itself is not. When creating your goals, try and be as specific as possible. Get it down to the number if you have to. Creating your goals in this manner will allow you to internalize what you are actually looking to accomplish each and everyday.

Now, just having a goal is not the only step in creating your goals. In addition to creating your overarching goal, you want to make sure you have efficient and effective steps that can lead you to your goals. Think of these as mini-goals. These particular objectives are meant to help you conceptualize your path for success. To help improve this, try and make sure these steps are able to measure progress. This will allow you to analyze whether or not you are on or off track when it comes to your achievement.

One big mistake many people make is that they are overly optimistic. Earlier I spoke of having tangible goals. The same concept applies here. Now there is nothing wrong with aiming high.  But creating unrealistic targets cannot only hinder your progress, but derail your success entirely. Remember, your goals are there to motivate you, not hinder you. Being overly optimistic of an unrealistic goal can backfire if you are unable to hit that goal. To help conceptualize tangible objectives, try talking to your manager. They should be more than happy to help break down your path for success. At the end of the day, you both are playing for the same team. Utilize this help, and begin building that action plan.

How To Deal With Workplace Pressure

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People of all professions experience stress in the workplace. There are often times in a work environment during which employees feel pressure to perform at the top of their game, sometimes in a short amount of time. It’s easy to feel stress when you have a lot on your plate and you’re under pressure. Here are some techniques to make sure you don’t crumble under pressure.

1) Make a brief to-do list
The list doesn’t have to be long. In fact, it is suggested to keep this list to three items long so that you can truly focus on your priorities. This allows you to be realistic about what you can achieve in the very near future. You can also stop thinking about other tasks until you’ve finished these three so that you don’t get too bombarded with what to do.

2) Use some sort of organizing system
Don’t simply rely on your own brain. If you just think of what you need to accomplish, it can all get jumbled. Use an external organizing system, such as a handwritten to-do list, digital calendar reminders, or whatever works best for you. When you have a physical reminder of all of your tasks, you will be much less stressed.

3) Ask for help
There’s no shame in asking for assistance. Even the most hard-working professionals will sometimes struggle to handle everything on their own. Those who are truly successful understand that they will sometimes need to reach out for help. When your situation is getting out of control, reach out to some coworkers or other people in your network who you trust in order to get help.

4) Tackle your negative thoughts
Reframing your negative thoughts will allow you to be calmer. When you find yourself getting panicked over a tense situation, put the situation in perspective. Put an end to your frantic thoughts by reminding yourself that the situation can be handled and that it is not the end of the world. Then figure out what you will do first, second, and so on. This goes back to making a short to-do list.

5) Plan ahead
While a short to-do list is a great way to get things done, it’s also important to plan for the future. If there are challenges that are likely to come up, think about the steps that you will take to overcome the challenges. This way, you will be much better prepared for any issue that comes your way.

6) Take care of your body
In order to feel more calm and balanced, make sure you are taking care of your physical health. One of the most important things you can do to have the best cognitive function and the brightest mood is to get a proper amount of sleep. If you get enough sleep, eat healthy, and exercise, you will be more productive and have better peace of mind.

7) Be grateful
Being grateful for what you have in life will have a positive effect on not only your productivity but on your overall happiness. It has been shown that being grateful is the most influential factor in having a happy and positive outlook on life. Each day, think about what you are thankful for, and your success is likely to increase!

Working in any environment can lead to extreme stress. We have all felt moments during which we were extremely under pressure. But if you take a deep breath and follow these rules, that pressure has no chance of getting in the way of your success.

How to Optimize Your Work Email

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For many young professionals, you probably have a love-hate relationship with your work email. Regardless of your feelings, we all rely on emails as the main form of business communication with your co-workers, your bosses, and last but not least, your customers. Because of this, it is absolutely vital that you optimize your email in the most strategic way possible.

Below, you will find some helpful tips in bolstering the logistics and operations for your email. These powerful guidelines will shape and refine your daily usage of this tool, while also alleviating the stress and anxieties of an unopened mail.

To start, one of the biggest game changers you can do for your professional email is to create a tracking system for those who open your emails. At the workplace, it can oftentimes be frustrating to wait and wonder if a client received an important email. Rather than wait or waste your time sending a follow-up email, try using various applications such as Sidekick or HubSpot software. Both programs allow you to seize control of your email by noting real-time notifications of who is opening the emails, when they are opening it, and how many times.

Outside of tracking opened emails, try and gain an insight into your email contacts. The most effective email communication that you can do is something that is personal and organic. For many businesses, automated emails lack the personality and communication you can get from a more personal, especially for reports. To increase client communication, try and personally writing the content tailored to the specific person. This will resonate more with them and provide a stronger possibility for a speedy response.

Now once a person responds, make sure you follow the 24-hour rule. For many people, an empty Inbox can be seen as a myth or a legend. While it may be difficult to bring that number down to zero, try and review any incoming emails as soon as possible, even if it is for a brief time. As for responding, similar to you emailing a client or a coworker, try and respond accordingly in a timely manner, hence the 24-hour rule. Many young professionals make the mistake that they need to respond to an email as soon as possible. While in some cases this may be true, a majority of the time, you have a 24-hour window gap when responding back. This type of leeway allows you to prioritize specific emails and matters based on its urgency. Some emails will demand for your response immediately, while others can be handled and written a few hours after they are sent. Whatever is the case, just be cognizant of the timing.

Last but not least, to fully enhance your email, try turning your email into a professional marketing tool. To do this, create a digital signature added to the bottom of your emails. Include your name, your title, your company’s name, and your number. This type of detail allows people to understand the person they are talking to. This is especially beneficial if you have a higher-ranking title.

While there is always room to improve, try utilizing these first few tips and techniques and see how it impacts your day-to-day operations at work. If it does, fantastic! Try doing more research on new techniques through Google. If not, try taking a step back and work on improving your email platform one by one.

How to Negotiate for a Higher Salary

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For many young professionals, negotiating for a higher salary can be an awfully intimidating situation. As frightening and uneasy as it may be to go to your superiors and ask for a higher pay raise, it may also be necessary, especially if you are making drastic movements within the company.

First and foremost, if you are going to get the pay you deserve, it is absolutely crucial that you know the going rate for your position in your specific industry. In addition, make sure you know your worth. Many employees complain about the amount and salary that they are getting. Before you even question whether or not you deserve a raise, ask yourself the following questions: Have you been at your job for a full-year? Have you taken on any new responsibilities since you were hired? What has your work looked like? Have you exceeded any expectations rather than just meet them? If the answers to these questions are positive, then go ahead and move on forward with the following action plan below.

Now that you have reflected on your position at the company, it is time for you to organize your thoughts. Think about your role now and where you want to go in the company. Having a deeper understanding of your own professional goals will allow you to support your reasoning of why you deserve an increase in your salary. In addition, begin listing specific instances where you have gone above and beyond at your workplace. This can be something minimal like helping and aiding a fellow worker to something bigger like running and entire project. Whatever is the case, be sure those situations are able to showcase your leadership, management, and strategic thinking.

Once you have fully internalized your position, your works, and your future professional goals, make sure that the timing is right. It turns out that when it comes to any type of salary negotiation, timing is everything. Most company’s wait until a performance review for a salary adjustment, others wait for a specific time frame. Whatever is the case, make sure you know the overall procedures before approaching your manager or supervisor.

Beyond timing, the logistics will play a large role in whether or not you will get your desired amount. During the negotiation meeting, make sure you know the exact number you are looking for. The more precise of a number you are in your initial negotiation request, the more likely your final offer will match to what you are hoping for. This is because the employer will assume you have done more extensive research into your overall market value to reach that specific number. In addition, to help aid your efforts, try starting off with a ‘reach’ or maximum number. This will give you leverage of what you can negotiate for in the meeting.

Now there will be a situation where things do not come out favorably on either party’s end. When considering your numbers, you should also a point where you are willing to walk away. Certain final offers are so low that you have to turn them down. This could be because of financial need, market value, or simply salary value. Make sure you know what you are worth. Understand that walking away from an offer will never be easy. But it is important to have the ability and power to say no.

The Perfect Employee

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In this ever-evolving era of startups and entrepreneurship, it is oftentimes difficult to see what businesses are looking for in an ideal employee. While as much as they want to diversity the selection of candidates, the overall concept of a perfect employee still remains the same.

First and foremost, an ideal candidate is confident in their work and in themselves. With a large amount of applicants to pick from, you want to make sure the next person you hire for your company is assertive and self-assured. There are too many applicants who waste their time comparing themselves with others. Everybody has his or her own strengths and weaknesses. The difference between a confident employee and a weak applicant is that they can accept everything as they are. This level of confidence can be translated in their personal interactions and overall office work. If you find yourself struggling to accept your abilities, especially when it comes to your weaknesses, make sure you change that. Employers like to find individuals who know they are capable of going above and beyond the average expectation.

On top of confidence, an ideal candidate is interested in building and nurturing work relationships. While there is of course a humbling process where a new candidate is the so-called ‘rookie’ of the office, you want to make sure that individual is leveraging their interactions to the best of their abilities. This is what we call building for success. This will allow them to maintain that vital network with the right people so that they can develop and improve within the workplace.

Outside of their network, an ideal candidate does not work harder, but rather works smarter. Bill Gates once said that, “I would rather choose a lazy person to do a hard job because a lazy person will find a way to do it easier.” As much as you want to find the most talented individuals for your workplace, you want to make sure they are efficient, effect, and consistent in producing the best possible products with the least possible effort. This type of maximized time gives your company a strong leverage pushing other skills needed for their development. Bare in mind, this ability does take time. In order for them to work at such a high level, they first need to understand the process. Once they understand it, the best of the best candidates are able manipulate and shape the strategy to the best of their advantage.

Beyond their work habits, an ideal candidate focuses specifically for the customer. Mark Cuban once said that, you should “treat your customers like they own you because they do.” In any business, this statement is very true. Ideal candidates recognize this dynamic and are able to change their perspective and viewpoint when talking or communicating with a customer. That type of mentality allows them to understand any customer or client’s concerns and create impactful and solutions on the day-to-day basis.

Finally, an ideal candidate sees the bigger picture for a company. When working with any type of individual, you want to make sure that they understand the overall vision and goal for your company. For an ideal employee, these individuals do not just understand the goal, but also look for opportunities to enhance your goals each and every day. They are the movers and game changers of your industry and the perfect individuals to help scale your startup into a full-fledged empire.