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Trait-based proposals

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: February 22, 2011 at 11:01 am

Trait-based Proposals are Another Tool Hiring Managers Use

Recently, one of our clients submitted information from an employer that asked for a trait-based proposal in addition to a resume. Here is the reasoning behind the request and what the employer was looking for (in general) for the position being sought.

“Our most successful employees have come from many different professional experiences. Despite their differences, all of these top performers possess the same traits. Because of this we hire on traits; specifically the following:

Sense of purpose
Quick & intelligent decision-maker
Accountability, Integrity, Curiosity
Bachelor’s degree or four years of business experience (two in industry preferred)

“Because we feel a resume is not the best indicator of someone’s traits, we would like to give you the opportunity and flexibility to showcase them to us in whatever manner you decide is most effective. To keep a certain level of consistency we ask that you try to give us a brief understanding of:

Your background and evidence/examples of having these foundational traits for success
What motivates you to be a top performer
The type of environment you’re most successful in
Why your personal value proposition is unique”

Resumes and Cover Letters are Only the Beginning

As the job market continues to tighten and as more equally-qualified candidates apply for a limited number of jobs, employers are seeking the most perfect match possible-an individual who will fit in perfectly with the job, fellow colleagues, clients and the corporate culture.

Trait-based proposals appear to be the next wave of what’s required for job seekers.

Are you ready to submit one?

Darlene Z.

Darlene Zambruski is a resume writing expert and CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) with more than 13 years of industry experience. She has authored 10,000+ resumes in every industry and at every career level.

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