Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

What do employers want and expect?

Today, Lindsay and Kristy talk about 3 things an employer in the U.S. might look for in a job candidate!


If you’re applying for a job, it’s important to know what your potential employer is looking for.  Like any other country, the U.S. has a professional culture which places more value on some individual qualities than others.  These qualities may be very different from what employers look for in your home country!

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Some qualities American employers seek in employees:

Proactive attitude: Show that you are autonomous and energetic – the opposite of passive.  It means to show up early, confirm the time you will meet, and say thank you.

Positive attitude: Americans like smiles.  But it’s also important that you get along with others and not be pessimistic.

Communication: When you actively communicate it shows you are engaged.  A big part of this is simply that you let the boss know what is going on.

Be a “Giver”: Show that you believe in the vision of the company and are personally invested in its success.  In other words, it’s more than a job to you.


Are these the same traits that employers look for in your country?

Do you have them?

Let us know in the comments section below!


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