Whether you are just starting in a job or been there for years, there are characteristics that employers notice. To be a superstar in your current job, whether you are seeking a promotion, setting yourself up for other career opportunities, or just want to be the best version of YOU, here are 5 tips that will help you stand out in a positive way:

  1. Work with integrity.

One of the most sought after and hard to find characteristics – integrity. Doing what is right even when there is pressure to take another path. Being honest, trustworthy and virtuous in all work encounters, when people are looking and when they are not. When you can offer your employer transparency and honesty in your work and actions it adds a great deal of value.

  1. Have a contagious passion for the job.

Are you passionate about the work you do? Do you show it? To stand out you need to ensure that everyone around you sees that you are invested in your work whether it is making executive decisions or sweeping the floor. Passion is contagious and gets attention. It is an example to those around you, it is a leadership quality, and your management team will certainly take notice when it is obvious in everything you do.

  1. Show reliability.

Being reliable includes being at work on time EVERY day and for your full shift, but it also means so much more! Can your team count on you to help? Can your boss count on you to get the work done or to finish the project? When you say you will do it, do you?  Be the one they all know they can count on.

  1. Bring confidence (your own and to others).

Be confident. It’s a good trait but make sure to temper it with a humble nature. Don’t be that guy – the one who thinks they are better than everyone else. When you are confident in your job you are more likely to offer suggestions that can have a great impact, e.g. take the lead on a project, or be the one that others look to for direction. A confident employee does not mind sharing the limelight to help build the confidence of those on your team.

  1. Shine a positive light.

No one wants to be around someone who is always unhappy and complaining. Real life has struggles; real jobs can have issues, too. But, there is no need to point them all out. Be the one that people can count on to brighten their day. Smile often, keep your work positive and always support your company with a positive attitude.

You have more control over how people view you than you might think. Start implementing these 5 characteristics in your daily work life and set yourself up for success!

Stacie Wills

About Stacie Wills


Stacie shares her experience and expertise to help build stronger communities by supporting employees and applicants in the ever changing world of work. From ethical work practices that have not changed in many years to best practices that change all the time, she can guide you through the challenges of finding and keeping steady work or growing your career.