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Qualities employers value

The qualities that local governments look for in an employee differ from place to place. Still, there are some common traits that many employers look for in applications and during interviews.

In the spring of 2008, a group of municipal human resource managers from Greater Vancouver was asked to assemble a list of qualities their organizations value in employees. In response, they developed lists of personality traits, values, and skills that are highly valued in their workplaces. Those lists appear below:

Your Personality

You know you belong in local government if you possess any of the following personality traits:

  • Flexibility
  • Sense of humour
  • Creativity
  • Empathy
  • Initiative
  • Adaptability
  • Dedication
  • Dependability
  • "Can do" Attitude
  • Approachability
  • Loyalty
  • Integrity
  • Reliability
  • Positive outlook
  • Sincerity

Your Values

Although local governments vary, corporate values universally reflect the high standards of each community and its employees, citizens, businesses, and visitors. Local governments look for people who share values including:

  • People
  • Leadership
  • Learning
  • Teamwork
  • Respect
  • Diversity
  • Fairness
  • Integrity
  • Responsiveness
  • Innovation
  • Excellence
  • Safety
  • Responsibility
  • Accountability
  • Value
  • Participation
  • Sustainability
  • Fiscal Integrity

Your Skills

When you're interviewed for a position, you should be prepared to respond to questions based on required competencies for the position, as well as technical expertise. Competencies are the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed for a given job. These may include:

  • Communications
  • Learning and Knowledge
  • Decision Making
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Results Oriented
  • Networking
  • Customer Service
  • Planning and Organization
  • Problem Solving
  • Thinking Skills
  • Partnership Building
  • Researching Skills
  • Team Skills
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Change Management
  • Safety and Health
  • Conflict Management
  • Technical Expertise