Monday, November 16, 2015

Soft Skills: The Secret Edge to Getting the Job You Want

Part 2: Collaboration

This blog post is the second in a series exploring the importance of soft skills in job interviews and the work place.
In today’s market, soft skills are becoming more and more critical to landing the job you want.  Leaders are looking for employees who work well with others and can be team leaders in getting things done.

Last week, we talked about one of the most important skills across industries; good communication.  This week, we’re focusing on a skill that’s necessary to get almost anything done in the workplace; collaboration.

Be a Team Player
Whether you’re interviewing for an internal promotion or searching for a new job, you will probably be asked about your ability to work as part of a team.   Be prepared to talk about how you work in a team setting, and remember these tips when talking about your experiences.

·         Give examples of experience you have working on cross-functional and collaborative teams. Employers will be impressed with your ability to work across departments for a common goal.
·         Don’t share team horror stories or focus on negative team experiences.  Rather, be positive and speak about how you are good at listening, willing to share the work load, and solve disagreements in a diplomatic way. 
·    Demonstrate your leadership; talking about your experience collaborating with others is a great time to stress that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.  That’s what employers are looking for.

Keep these tips in mind, and employers will be impressed by your diplomacy, willingness to do what it takes, and cooperation with others.  You’ll be well on your way to taking the next step that you want for yourself and your career.

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