Important Teamwork Skills That Employers Value

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Candidates with strong teamwork skills are sought out by employers for many reasons – they demonstrate leadership, collaboration and good communication, among other things. Employers expect employees to be team players. Teamwork is required for almost every industry, ranging from business services to information technology to food services.

This is true even if it seems like your job is best suited for an independent worker. You may perform the bulk of your job duties alone, but you’ll still have to be able to think of your work in the context of the company’s broader goals and communicate your accomplishments to other people at the organization.

What Are Teamwork Skills?

Regardless of your role, you need to be able to work well with others – and also convey that fact to hiring managers, recruiters, and prospective employers. Scan any job listing, and you’ll see that even ads that seek “self-starters” also inevitably drop the phrase “team player.” Those who have people skills like communication and a positive attitude often make a team function well.

Types of Teamwork Skills

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Below is a list of the most important teamwork skills that most employers seek in candidates. It also includes sublists of related teamwork skills. Develop these skills and emphasize them in job applications, resumes, cover letters, and interviews. Emphasize the ones that are mentioned in the job description, but feel free to round out your application by mentioning others that apply.

To give your examples maximum impact, try to include quantifiable statistics – numbers, percentages, or dollar figures – to show the tangible results of your efforts.

Communication

Being a good team member means being able to clearly communicate your ideas with the group. You must be able to convey information via phone, email, and in person. You want to make sure your tone is always professional but friendly. Both verbal and nonverbal communication are important when working with a group in person.

Conflict Management

An important teamwork skill is being able to mediate problems between team members. You need to be able to negotiate with your team members to settle disputes and make sure everyone is happy with the team’s choices.

Listening

Another important part of communication is listening well. You must be able to listen to the ideas and concerns of your peers in order to be an effective team member. By asking questions for clarification, demonstrating concern, and using nonverbal cues, you can show your team members that you care and that you understand them.

Reliability

You want to be a reliable team member so that your coworkers can trust you. Make sure you stick to deadlines and complete any tasks you are assigned. This will help you gain your colleagues’ trust.

  • Commitment
  • Community Building
  • Confidence
  • Confidence Building
  • Dependability
  • Flexibility
  • Helpfulness
  • Honesty
  • Leadership
  • Multitasking
  • Participation
  • Perform Tasks
  • Responsibility
  • Team Oriented
  • Task Management
  • Trust

Respectfulness

People will be more open to communicating with you if you convey respect for them and their ideas. Simple actions like using a person's name, making eye contact, and actively listening when a person speaks will make the person feel appreciated.

  • Acknowledging Others
  • Encouragement
  • Expanding Ideas
  • Interpersonal
  • Motivation
  • Opinion Exchange
  • Oral Communication
  • Patience
  • Positive Attitude
  • Relationship Building
  • Sharing Credit
  • Support
  • Team Player
  • Tact
  • Understanding Feelings

More Teamwork Skills

Here are additional teamwork skills for resumes, cover letters, job applications, and interviews. Required skills will vary based on the job for which you're applying, so also review our list of skills listed by job and type of skill.

  • Ability to Build Rapport
  • Accountability
  • Creative
  • Decision Making
  • Delegating
  • Encouraging
  • Influential
  • Innovative
  • Instinctual
  • Organizing
  • Persuasive
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Receiving Feedback
  • Presentation
  • Respect
  • Self-Awareness
  • Supportive
  • Time Management
  • Trustworthy

How to Make Your Skills Stand Out

ADD RELEVANT SKILLS TO YOUR RESUME: Include the terms most closely related to the job in your resume, especially in the description of your work history.

HIGHLIGHT SKILLS IN YOUR COVER LETTER: You can incorporate soft skills into your cover letter. Include one or two of the skills mentioned here, and give specific examples of instances when you demonstrated these traits at work.

USE SKILL WORDS DURING JOB INTERVIEWS: Keep the top skills listed here in mind during your interview, and be prepared to give examples of how you've used each.