Post #2 – Six Crucial Components that Define a Premiere Job Candidate


As we discussed last week, it is extremely important to take your job search efforts seriously and consult credible sources rather than going with the first tidbit of advice you happen to come across on social media. In our present day and time, we are fortunate to have great information at our very eager and impatient fingertips. But, when a job candidate is seeking wisdom, choosing quality over quantity is the key.


This week we want to point out six primary areas of focus in which any serious job candidate will want to excel. These “six ‘Qs’”, as defined by The Washington Post, are the targeted components that help to separate the men from the boys, if you will, when it comes to weeding out potential employees. An individual who appears to have great strength in each area can be seen as a force to reckon with, a job candidate to keep your eye on.


As professionals in this type of business, we, at Platinum Resumes, can get behind such a set of guidelines that urge job candidates to stand out among the competition. Proper preparation for your dream interview or that next networking meeting must be covered with the knowledge that you must demonstrate a certain skill set and show off what you’ve got. We urge you to promptly consider growing and stretching yourself in these six areas of professional development…


  1. Smarts and critical thinking – Think outside of the box. Show that you can solve problems more quickly and aptly than the next guy. Give examples of how you can do so while working well with your coworkers.
  2. Emotional intelligence – Employers don’t want to serve as babysitters. Have a firm control on your emotions and know how to build solid working relationships with others. Learn to be a good listener and, therefore, ask the right kind of questions.
  3. Passion – Act like you’re excited about this opportunity. Reveal that you’re in pursuit of this job not just for personal gain but to make a difference in the bigger scheme of things.
  4. Culture – Make it known that you mesh well with people and practices outside of your own, that you can adapt to change and thrive in the process. Connecting harmoniously with others and leading them well is a prized asset for a hiring manager to come across.
  5. Courage – Speak up and show your willingness to press on toward the next level. This involves wisdom to step up among your peers when the right situation presents itself and to do so with character and conviction.
  6. Improvisation – Use examples to prove that you think well on your feet. Show that you are open to and savvy at learning new things with an open mind. Allow stress to challenge you rather than stifle you.


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