What are collaboration skills?
Being a strong collaborator means you can work well in a team and know how to support your colleagues. Strong collaboration skills make you an active listener, who is willing to take the initiative but also to be led by others.
Listing “strong collaboration skills” in the skills' section of your resume, however, might sound a bit boastful. You can point out your collaboration skills by proving that you are a good communicator, a real team-player, and someone who is willing to place group goals before individual needs.
Why are collaboration skills wanted by recruiters on your resume?
Usually, recruiters believe that candidates who have strong collaboration skills will be a better match than candidates who don’t.
Collaboration skills are considered to be extremely valued by employers because they show you are open-minded, respectful of different opinions, and highly adaptable.
Great collaborators typically have high emotional intelligence. This allows them to manage stress and their emotions well and to make the right decisions.
What is more, people with strong collaboration skills are more likely to get work done faster but without sacrificing quality. That’s why recruitment officers are always on the lookout for great collaborators.
But how can you show your collaboration skills without sounding boastful? What are the skills that really prove you are a great collaborator?
What skills, activities and accomplishments help you highlight your collaboration skills?
Listing “strong collaboration skills” as part of your skills section just won’t do the work. Let’s look at the non-obvious skills that make you a great collaborator instead:
- Discipline, organization & time-management: these skills are usually perceived to be important for individual workers. However, being able to work individually is definitely part of working well in a team.
- Communication: be it verbal or non-verbal, communication has the potential to make or break a team. Recruiters will expect you to know how to manage conflict and communicate issues with others.
- Adaptability: the current global situation has shown us that being adaptable to different conditions is extremely important. Teamwork requires great adaptability in the digital era.
- Creativity & critical thinking: being able to think outside the box shows that you can spot the mistakes of other team members and fix them quickly and easily.