In these unstable times, everyone wants to stand out from the crowd and secure a rewarding job with long-term potential.
But what does it actually take to get the job you want? We asked thousands of top employers, including many of the world’s biggest brands, about what they really look for in their employees. And here’s what they told us.
Given the choice between someone with the desired mindset who may lack the complete skill set for the job, and someone with the complete skill set who lacks the desired mindset, a total of 96% of employers picked mindset over skill set.
Similarly, when asked which is more likely, a person with the right skill set developing the right mindset or a person with the desired mindset developing the right skill set, 98% of employers confirmed the latter.
So, when it comes to impressing at interview, it’s clear that mindset trumps skill set.
What is mindset?
Mindset is more than just a positive attitude, it’s much deeper than this. Mindset is the way we see and navigate life. It’s what can equip us to thrive where others fail and, used in the right way, it can make any one of us stand out from the crowd.
Our study showed that someone who demonstrates a strong mindset can, quite literally, triple their chances of getting the job they want.
How can I use mindset?
Step 1: Identify your mindset strengths
It is these that will distinguish you from other applicants. Our research showed that the top six mindset qualities employers look for are honesty, trustworthiness, commitment, adaptability, accountability and flexibility. But this is by no means the entire list.
You can complete an in-depth analysis of your mindset at www.3GMindset.com, where we’ve developed 3G Panorama, a unique tool, specifically designed to allow you to gauge your mindset.
Step 2: Apply your mindset strengths to your CV
Create statements that demonstrate how you’ve put specific mindset qualities into practice and use these on your CV.
For example, instead of saying ‘I supervised the customer service team’, say ‘I co-ordinated and led the customer service team to improve customer satisfaction by 29% in six months by using best practice from other industries’.
This second statement shows mindset qualities of adaptability and growth, as well as giving employers a sense of who you really are and what you have to offer.
Our analysis revealed that CVs demonstrating one or more mindset strengths were three times more likely to get the job.
Step 3: Master your mindset
Mindset is not fixed. It’s something we can all work on and improve at any age and at any stage in life. Visit www.3GMindset.com to find out how.
Put Your Mindset To Work
To find out more about our research on mindset, and for more tips on how to use your mindset to get the job you want, read Put Your Mindset to Work by James Reed and Paul G. Stoltz available on amazon.co.uk.
What people are saying about the book
“Whoever you are and wherever you are, the 3G Mindset will give you new insight and understanding into what it really takes to succeed at work. A good read that provides thought provoking and practical advice for all those developing their careers.” – Andy Doyle , Group HR Director, ITV Group plc
“This book has opened my eyes and, with a lot of effort on my part, I now intend to land a foothold in the career I have wanted for a long time. Having been diverted from that course I am thoroughly back on track and intend to boost my mindset accordingly” – John, Edinburgh
“People who thrive at Facebook absolutely have to have the right mindset, period. That’s what’s driving us into the future. This book shows you how to gauge it and get it.” – Caitlin Dooley, Contract Recruiter for Facebook
“The book is already proving great in helping me return to the right focus, and indeed the right mindset, which I seem to have misplaced recently. Thank you for your insight and passion for finding powerful ways to help, support and inspire others” – Sandra, Leicester
“I would recommend this book as a must read for all pupils, students, adult learners, career advisors, educators, HRM students and recruiters and anyone in or out of employment; in fact – everyone!” – Claudette,
“Put Your Mindset to Work changes the conversation when it comes to recruitment and selection. Everyone wants the winning Mindset. This great book tells you what it looks like and how to make the most of it.” – John Ayton, Co-Founder of Links of London
Put Your Mindset to Work: The One Asset You Really Need To Win And Keep The Job You Love available to buy on amazon.co.uk.