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1. Essential Qualities for Successful Employees. Employers are looking for employees who possess specific attitude-based qualities. A few of these include: taking initiative and being self-directed, displaying a strong work ethic, not always needing to get the credit, having the courage to fail, and being humble.

2. New Hires’ Expectations. New hires may have unrealistic expectations—some young employees want a job starting out that took a veteran employee 20 years of hard work to get. Having realistic expectations is key for an employee not to come across as entitled.

3. Listening as Communicating. When we talk about communicating, we often think about talking; however, listening is an essential part of being a good communicator. Effective listeners take actions such as paraphrasing, analyzing their audience, questioning assumptions, and limiting distractions.

4. Professionalism. While the context-specific dimensions of professionalism can vary from industry to industry, the art of being professional is universally valued among employers. The following characteristics are just a few of the qualities that are considered professional, including being: responsible, accountable, unselfish, confident, positive, self-starting, supportive, and passionate.

5. Unprofessional Behavior. Several characteristics of unprofessional behavior business professionals have mentioned include: pretending to know more than you do, complaining, using profanity, not being prepared, and not delivering quality work.