What does ‘good people skills’ actually mean?

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How can you demonstrate your teamwork and people skills on your job application or CV?

The personalities and the needs of your colleagues can vary wildly. When applying for a job, it’s important to demonstrate your ability to bring out the best in the people around you; as one Harvard educated CEO said – success comes from approach as much as ability.

In today’s competitive job market, hiring managers typically look for well-rounded candidates who work well in teams, can handle situations with diplomacy and are able to build positive social network at work. A happy office is also a productive one!

Take a few moments during your lunch break today to think of a time you’ve had to deal with a difficult customer, a team bully, an underachiever in a group activity or an incompetent manager.  We’ve all been there!

  1. How did you manage the wide range of expectations within your team?
  2.  Where you fair, considerate and understanding?
  3. Did you remain focused on your organisational goals and personal targets?

Remember: successful team members are able to clearly assert their own expectations while remaining empathetic to the needs of others, rather than just focusing on the outcomes.

So, when you get back to your desk today, get involved with your team: lead and be led, negotiate with others, work collaboratively on problems and encourage your colleagues to give it their best!

Marsha Mollineau

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