5 Top Characteristics For 2017 Graduates

You made it! You managed to get all the last-minute assignments in on time and finally put an exclamation point on some of the most important years of your life. Now what? Well, if joining the workforce is next on your list, take a minute to peruse some of the characteristics that will help you succeed in the job market and life in general.


Employers love someone who shows up on time. Gone are the days of rolling out of bed at noon and brushing off class. Reliability can be a learned trait if it isn’t familiar to you. It’s never too late to learn how to be early.


If you don’t manage to land a job right out of school, don’t worry. There is something out there for you. Keep knocking on those doors, even when you don’t get the response you’re looking for. Persistence will pay off in the long run.

Able To Prioritize

Whether you are juggling assignments at work or paying your bills at home, your ability to prioritize is vital to staying on track. Become a pro at meeting deadlines and stay ahead of everything that is heading your way.


Close that tab to CareerBuilder and focus on getting your job done while you’re at work. There are few things more frustrating to a manager than seeing an employee look for another job on the company’s dime. Stay loyal to your employer and that could translate to a higher salary when it comes time for those performance reviews.


Walt Disney said: “Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it, they will want to come back and see you do it again, and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.” Whether you are pouring coffee or presenting to a room full of people, focus on the task at hand and do the job well.

Jeff Tarman is an entrepreneur, investor, and author of GREEN ABOUT MONEY: A Graduate’s Guide To Personal Finance. www.jefftarman.com

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