Together is better

Show you can use your unique skills and strengths in collaboration with your customers, colleagues and other people to achieve a common goal.

How teamwork helps employers

Understanding that everything you do (or don’t do) at work impacts on everyone is really important.

  • We all have a role to play, so you need to be able to work with other team members without being competitive
  • As they say, many brains are better than one, and working in a team can help a business to solve problems and come up with new ideas
  • Each team member has different talents, and effective team work allows each member to play to their strengths
  • If someone is on holiday, goes off sick or leaves the organisation, productivity is not as impacted when other team members can fill the gap
  • Teamwork builds trust, morale and a sense of family or community within a business, this makes a happier and more productive environment where people strive to do their best, it also encourages loyalty (another of the 10 top skills on our list, watch out for that blog coming soon), which is great for employers

Demonstrate that you know the importance of teamwork

Add a few words into the Skills section of your CV. You could say something like:

  • Work well independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work well with others to achieve a common goal
  • Operate effectively within team environments
  • Thrive in team environments, able to contribute effectively and follow leadership directives when required
  • Able to listen effectively and respectfully to the ideas of others and offer positive feedback

But it’s not enough to add a few throwaway lines to your resume and hope for the best. You need to prove to your employer that you have experience to back up your claims. A few ideas to think about are:

  • Mention any team sport experience you’ve had, whether that’s on a basketball team, or as part of an athletics or swim team at school
  • Let them know if you’ve been in a choir, dance troop, drama club, band or debate team
  • Explain any group activities you’ve done at school and your role in them
  • Getting involved in projects is a fantastic way to develop and demonstrate your team work skills. Get on board with a project whether its environmental, humanitarian, entertainment based or a hobby
  • Teamwork skills can be developed from lots of places, you don’t have to go out of your way. If you belong to a church group, volunteer at community organisation, have a part time job at McDonalds or are labouring on a construction site, you can probably give examples of where you have worked well as part of a team
  • You can use just about any situation where other people have relied on you or have been helped by your actions, in order to achieve something or get a job done

Remember to add your teamwork skills to your CV

Teamwork is an easy one to include, and your employer will love it. So make sure you participate in situations which will allow you to develop your skills and remember to give examples of where your contributions have positively influenced outcomes in team environments.

In out next blog, we’ll look at how your ability to learn can attract employers.