ARE you looking for a job?

There are five qualities that you need to stand out from all the other jobseekers.

Heidi Duvenage, head of Sage Talent Solutions, said a good degree or professional certification could help secure an interview for your dream job, but you needed more to get the job.

“Once you’re in an interview, you’ll need to show what you can offer in addition to your qualifications. Today’s top employers are looking for more than the right training and education.

“You must be well-rounded, adaptable, committed and a good fit for their organisational culture,”she said.

Here are a few attributes that Heidi said recruiters and potential employers looked for:


Employers are looking for attitude as much as they’re looking for education when they hire. They’d rather hire and train someone with the right attitude than someone with great skills and low motivation.

Honesty, accountability, flexibility, curiosity and commitment are all as important to employers.

Interpersonal skills

Today’s workplace is diverse and people must be able to work together, which means organisations look for people with high levels of emotional intelligence.

Someone with good interpersonal skills is more likely to succeed than a superstar who lacks the social skills to work well with others.

Life experience

Employers often like to see that their employees have interests and experience outside work because they can bring these skills to their job.

The strategic thinking you developed playing chess; the ability you developed to write clearly from your love of reading; your exposure to different cultures because you travelled often; can all be as valuable to an employer as your formal qualifications.

Work experience

Young jobseekers often feel caught in the infamous Catch-22 problem: They can’t get experience, because no one will give them a job, and no one will give them a job because they have no experience.

Against this backdrop, it’s important to seek out experience to add to your CV. You can volunteer at a charity – many non-profit organisations need help in disciplines like IT, finance or marketing.

Cultural fit

Cultural fit is about how adaptable you are to the culture of the business.

“Factors that shape corporate culture include policies, values, location, industry, size and the personalities of the managers. The trick is to find a place to work that suits your personality and working style,” she said.