Jobs: What are employers looking for in a candidate?

Jobs: What are employers looking for in a candidate?

When you are job hunting, you know exactly what you are looking for when you apply. What kind of position you’d like to have, which type of company you’d like to work for, which work conditions would suit you best. But…what are employers looking for? Plus, how to find your work history.


Besides any particular skill necessary to get a job done, employers also value certain things that if you, as a candidate, show you have, it will make you stand out from the rest of the applicants. Here’s a list of the most common reasons why employers want to hire you:

1. Loyalty

Companies spend money on every new-hire, so they value someone who is willing to commit and grow in the company. Of course you can leave any day, but show them that you are responsible. If you leave, do it responsibly. Keep your doors always open.

2. Relevant work experience

References are key to getting a good job. Be prepared to offer good quality references so employers can check your background and experience. 

3. Ability to work well with others

You need to show your potential employers that you are a team player and that you can easily work well with others. It is usually required for you to work in teams and if you fail to show them that you can do it, they probably are reluctant to hire you.

4. Enthusiasm 

Employers are attracted to passionate and inspired applicants. This will help you get noticed and rewarded. Show them you are enthusiastic and you will most certainly make a good impression!


When you apply to a new position, your potential employer might request a work history. Sometimes, when you apply for benefits or a license, you also need a complete history report.

This document contains all the information about your previous work experiences and it can help others determine your skills to perform certain tasks.

Your work history report must include:

-    Name of the organization you worked for
-    Location (city and state) of the organization
-    Your supervisor’s name and email address
-    Your title
-    Duties you were responsible for completing
-    Start and end dates

Include every job you had. If there is a gap between positions, provide a detailed explanation about it. Show any important skills or experience you gained during that time.

Ways to get your full history report

If you’ve been working for many years now, you might not remember every job you had. If you need assistance to provide accurate information, you can obtain a work history report from these places.

1. Social Security records

All your employment history should be tied to your Social Security number. These records will also report the percentage of income you paid to the Social Security benefits program. Visit their website and look for Form 7050. You can download it and fill it out either with your computer or by hand. 

In order to get your history report from the Social Security Administration, you need to pay a fee of $136 for a noncertified statement and $192 for a certified one.

2. IRS records

At the end of each year, your employer provides you a W-2 for you to fill out, whether you are a part-time or a full-time employee. This document includes all the information related to your tax contribution, your income earned, your employment dates and your employer’s name and address.

If you kept a copy of your tax returns from previous years, you will be able to report your employment history. If you don’t have copies, you might find the information online —if you used the online tax preparation services. You can also visit the IRS website and download Form 4506, which will allow you to request copies of your previous tax returns and get your employers’ information there.

3. Credit Report

These agencies don’t necessarily keep a record of your employment history, but you might be able to get some information. If you provided your work information to apply for a loan or credit card, these details might be on your credit report. You can request one free credit report each year from all three credit reporting agencies: Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. 


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