How to respond to the selection criterion: Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, follow instructions and work as a member of a team.


Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, follow instructions and work as a member of a team.

This is a common key selection criterion used by employers to ascertain a candidate’s ability to work effectively as a collaborative team player. When writing your selection criteria response, here are a few suggestions to keep in mind:

  • Essentially, the employer wants to know that you’ll be someone who converses well with others, listens to and complies with instructions given and does with a positive, cooperative and proactive manner.
  • To communicate effectively, means to both speak and write clearly and concisely without confusion or misunderstanding. This is an important skill to have because many problems in the work place can be resolved by just improving the way we talk and write to others. The tone, pitch and words we use can make a big difference.
  • Employers also appreciate having employees who follow instruction without issue. It frustrates managers and supervisors when their subordinates argue with them or don’t follow what is asked of them. It’s frustrating and someone no employer wants to have to deal with.
  • And lastly, every workplace works well when people are team players. Having ‘good team player skills’ is not something that you just include when writing your CV. It’s not just some buzz word. It’s a real, critical, valuable and important skill that every employee must have and demonstrate. Most jobs involve working in a team. And not everyone is a ‘team player’.
  • Being a good team player is when you work collaboratively with your colleagues and contribute to meeting team goals.

Published by Matthew Coppola - Career Coach, Employment Specialist and Professional CV Writer

Holding a graduate degree in Commerce, majoring in Economics at Curtin University, as well as a post graduate certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University, Matthew brings with him many years of experience working in the fields of business development, marketing, soft-skills training and employment services industry. He has gained significant exposure in working with employers in sourcing staff as well as assisting jobseekers in promoting and marketing themselves to employers and securing sustainable employment outcomes. He is currently working in Disability Employment Services where he assists clients with mental health disabilities in finding and keeping satisfying and gainful employment and helping them overcome and work around barriers to employment. He has helped many job seekers secure employment by training and coaching them in the art of being interviewed and giving the interviewer a positive and lasting impression. He knows how to sell and market a job seeker to an employer and he imparts this knowledge to his clients in helping them sell and market themselves in an interview. Matthew regularly writes new articles on a variety of employment related topics and posts these to his personal website blog matthewcoppola.com

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