Recruiters and decision makers I have chatted with over the last few months, and the new hires I have seen happen with our clients, have led me to come up with a list of traits that employers are looking for now.

I wouldn’t say these are necessarily ‘new’ new hiring traits, but definitely traits that have been reprioritized as important given the proverbial sh*t show we seem to find ourselves in globally. 

1) Resilience: 

Employers need leaders and staff who can roll with the punches… because we seem to be having punch after punch landing square between our eyes daily. Individuals who don’t have good coping skills and contribute to the problem with poor responses won’t get the offer. Companies want people with hope, pragmatism, and vision to get them through this health and financial quagmire. 

2) Previous Success in Uncertainty: 

Companies want more than people who say they have a good game. They now want your proof of where you have triumphed in adversity and how you led people to the profitable promised land when times were tough. Here is where experience matters. 

3) Optimistic Solution Creation:

Firms seek out those who can see inventive solutions to unprecedented problems. This goes beyond thinking outside the box, but creating whole new compartments. People who demonstrate hope by taking action is what is needed in today’s world to not only survive, but to thrive. 

4) Visionary:

We will be out of this phase one day.  And companies want those who see how the actions a company takes now can positively position itself to be ahead of competitors when this is past us… and it will eventually be behind us. 

It’s all about Mindset. If you’re seeking ethical opportunity in chaos and still pushing through with your job search, then you know it’s how you manage your mind that will be the difference between success and despair. 


  • Lisa Rangel

    Founder & Managing Director - Executive Resume Writing & Career Advancement

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    Lisa Rangel is the Founder and Managing Director of Chameleon Resumes LLC (, the premier executive resume writing and job landing consulting firm named a Forbes Top 100 Career Website.  She is a LinkedIn Profile and Executive Resume Writer, Job Landing Consultant, former 13-year Recruiter and a former paid moderator for LinkedIn’s Premium Groups. Chameleon Resumes writes high-caliber career marketing documents for senior-level job seekers that meet the needs of the prospective employers so they land 6- and 7-figure job interviews faster. She has been featured in Fortune, Inc., CNN Business, Fast Company, Business Insider, Forbes, LinkedIn, CNBC, Time Money, BBC, Newsweek, Crain's New York, Chicago Tribune, eFinancialCareers, CIO Magazine, Monster, US News & World Report, Good Morning America, Fox Business News, New York Post, and other reputable media outlets. Rangel, a Cornell graduate, has authored 16 career resources found at  She also recently completed The Definitive Guide to Writing Your Executive Resume in 2021 (