Achieving the A-Player Mentality

By Corey Hastings

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Are you on the hunt for a new job, or recently decided to take your career to the next level?

While you may think you are a dependable candidate with a strong track record, having the necessary traits to prove you’re the best one for the job means achieving the ‘A-Player Mentality.’

Employers know the value of hiring an A-Player; they are the top employees in their industry, are innovative self-starters, and help to build a successful and dynamic workplace. By becoming an A-Player, you’ll not only land the perfect job, you’ll mature into a well-respected and sought-after employee.

To achieve the A-Player mentality, become a candidate who possesses the following traits.

Positive Attitude

Having a positive attitude is one of the most important attributes of an A-Player. Your attitude is a form of expression and identification. A positive employee will quickly be recognized as a leader who can turn a difficult situation into a new opportunity.

Positivity breeds positivity. By displaying a positive attitude, you increase the productivity and mood of your workplace as a whole. A positive atmosphere makes for happy employees who feel less stressed and more empowered to work harder.

Team Player

Having a positive mental attitude is the first step in being a great team player. Companies thrive on teamwork. By tapping into your co-workers creative energy, you can accomplish more in less time. Recognizing and collaborating with the strengths of those around you not only benefits the company, but helps you in your day-to-day tasks.

If someone has a different method for getting things done, understand and allow for those differences. The best teams thrive on appreciating each other’s contributions, and the best employees lead the way for positive collaboration.

Strong References

A major red flag for any hiring manager is the lack of references or positive recommendations from peers and past employees. A key indicator that you’re the best candidate for the job is having a reference who can reaffirm your past accomplishments and successes. Becoming an A-Player means cultivating positive work relationships that you are proud to share in future interviews.

Continues to Educate

A-Players are driven. While the office day may end, their thirst for knowledge and their quest to educate themselves isn’t checked at the door.

A-Players are constantly reading up on new insight into their industry while continuing formal education with industry specific certifications or higher education degrees. This ambition allows A-Players to be visible and admired, often recognized by winning awards, inside their company and amongst their community.

What extra-curricular knowledge are you seeking within your industry? Continuing to educate yourself in as many ways as possible will prove you’re a dedicated and invaluable employee.

Track Record of Quantitative Achievements

Aside from awards, A-Players are often recognized for their proven track record of achievements. Because of their drive, they are always striving to produce reliable and tangible work that doesn’t go unnoticed.

While you may have some successful team accomplishments under your belt, have you ever spearheaded a project? Taking the reigns on an idea not only shows leadership, but allows your name to be highlighted and recognized. Publishing white papers or applying for a patent are also good ways to showcase your skills.

Great Communication Skills

Effective communication is one of the most important skills to master inside the workplace and out. Communication is vital to all relationships including bosses, co-workers, and clients.

Are you able to say what you mean in a clear and concise way? Being able to properly communicate demonstrates an innate confidence in your job. Communication also helps with planning and coordination, allowing your company to function as smoothly as possible.

Mentors and Coaches

Being a great communicator also allows others to develop a trust in your abilities and know-how. When you become a trustworthy source, others start to turn to you for guidance. A-Players are often mentors, and never turn their back on an employee in need.


Do you know your company’s technology inside and out? If you’re in sales, do you understand your customer base and what their needs are?

A hands on employee who knows the mechanics of what makes a company run is better suited to cultivate a dynamic workplace.

Have you achieved the A-Player mentality? Submit your resume to SS&C today.


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