"Top 10" Skills Desired By Hiring Managers, Part 2 - Teamwork

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"Top 10" Skills Desired By Hiring Managers, Part 2
Leadership/Management Skills
Multicultural Sensitivity
Planning/Organizing
Problem-Solving
Teamwork
Final Thoughts
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10. Teamwork. For many years employers hired people to do a specific job. Today, employers hire people to work with other people to do a specific job. The concept of teamwork dominates current business literature and has become a focal point in our work culture, from seminars to workshops to “team-building” retreats. As a potential employee, you must communicate and demonstrate that you have the ability to work with others in a professional manner while attempting to achieve a common goal.

Sample bullet point describing this skill:

• Resourceful team player who excels at building trusting relationships with customers and colleagues.

Again, I believe that reading about successful (and even unsuccessful teams – I suggest reading “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable” by Patrick M. Lencioni) will help you to have a better understanding of teamwork. I believe that it is also important to communicate (through both verbal and non-verbal) that you can assimilate to a new environment quickly and “connect” with your new co-corkers.