Whether you have a job now or not, it’s always good to improve your skills. What are employers looking for now? It varies by industry, but these skills are almost always valued:
- Verbal Communication Skills
- Strong Work Ethic
- Teamwork Skills
- Analytical Skills
Teamwork skills, “people skills,” or interpersonal skills are pretty much different terms for the same thing. Can you get along with people at work even if they would not be those you choose for friends? Can you work with people of all ages? Can you cooperate on a project? Can you learn from someone more experienced or do you resent someone teaching you? Can you teach someone else? Can you take constructive criticism from your boss? Are you willing to take short classes to learn more for the job? Nobody wants to hire someone who is “difficult” to work with. Be sure your currrent job is not going to give you that reputation. It could easily follow you to a job interview via your references. No matter where you work you will mostly likely have to work with difficult people; work on your skills for working with someone like this. Turn that situation into an advantage. When you are interviewed they will probably ask you how you handled a difficult situation & you need to have something to point to as a way of illustrating your good people skills.
As the linked article says, you should be able to give examples that illustrate your skills in any of the above 5 areas. All this preparation for an interview will pay off big time for you.
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