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How can I make myself a stellar employee?

What sorts of qualities set one employee from another? What habits and attitudes make a good employee? #college #career #jobs #resume


being responsible , being on time, keeping to deadlines, being polite to other people, and communicating effectively. Rachel B.

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Alexandra’s Answer

Hi Jackie,

Happy Friday!

I am a recruiter who has worked with a lot of interns over the years, and from my experience the most successful interns were:
1) open to learning
2) asked questions
3) had a positive attitude
4) took ownership of their tasks
5) built meaningful relationships with their team members
6) had great attention to detail

All the best!

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Ken’s Answer

Hi Jackie!


To be a stellar employee, one needs to learn what is expected of oneself, commit to exceeding expectations, and set up periodic meetings with one's superior to review progress against expectations.


Let me know if and how this helps. Keep me posted. I would like to follow your progress.


I agree with Ken, be a person that can be counted on to do whatever it takes to get a job done, serve your fellow employees with integrity and actively seek ways to develop yourself so you can serve them. Always touch base with your manager to get their perspective on how you are doing. And remember that Feedback is a gift, even if it is not what you hoped to hear. You can always learn to be better! Lynda Green, CAP-OM

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Danny’s Answer

Be curious and passionate about what you do, be committed and responsible for the results of your work, listen and learn from the people who has more experience, always be humble.

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Angela (Angie)’s Answer

Hi Jackie,

In addition to the other great advice, I would add having a positive attitude and setting a good example usually catches the attention of management. Be someone they can depend on (punctual, team player, etc.) and their go to. I always worked to promote those on my team who I could count on and set a positive tone for whatever was going on. As a manager, we often have to roll out new initiatives or deal with organizational shifts, and when things are chaotic and uncertain, it's nice to have team members who help cheer lead and set a positive example for the rest of the team. Also, help new hires acclimate. At times I've been so busy I didn't have the proper amount of time to onboard a new hire efficiently and I always appreciated team members who stepped up to assist. I also found that it's important to cross-train, try to learn new things whenever you can.

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How to be the ideal employee: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kensundheim/2013/04/02/15-traits-of-the-ideal-employee/#28d4f46161f4

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Fiona’s Answer

Be willing to learn, be willing to take criticism, be responsible, ask questions if you don't understand, be organised, be willing to work hard.

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Hanleigh’s Answer

Hi! You can never go wrong with just being a ready to learn and teachable employee. It Is great to be an employee that is ready to learn and is excited to learn new skills on the job. Alongside that, be a teachable employee. You do not want to appear like someone who knows everything.

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