Never say “team player” again…unless you really want to!
Does the following describe you? You’re a people person who loves collaborating on a team. You feed off the energy of being around others and you have no problem fitting in. You’re eager to start a new project and ready to show the world what you can do.
Here’s the good news: If you can work well with others, you have a strong soft skill to put on your resume: TEAMWORK
The truth is, throughout our careers, we will work with all kinds of people. So, in order to get a job and keep it, we need to learn how to work in a team effectively. It’s a soft skill that employers take very seriously.
Like communication and work ethic, teamwork is an important part of your resume. Let’s find the right words and phrases to show everyone you’re the team player the company wants to hire.
You’ve heard all the phrases and figure all you have to do is pick one:
- Team player
- Team member
Doesn’t everyone put “team player” on their resume?
They do, but terms like “team player” and “teamwork” will only get you so far.
It’s not descriptive enough to stand out. It doesn’t say anything about your accomplishments and it doesn’t show action.
Also, the word “team” is one of the most overused words recruiters see.
Anybody can say they’re a “team player” and put it on their resume. Our challenge is to find the right words and phrases to show how well you work with others, describe exactly what you did, and make sure it gets noticed!
First, there’s the emotional component to teamwork. We want to like the people we work with, considering how much time we spend with them. We also want them to like us. Or we may feel like we’re stuck with them but still need to get the project done. Pairing people skills with teamwork can make a powerful statement and show what you can do:
- Ability to apply accurate, effective, and timely support
- Ability to inspire
- Able to contribute to building a positive team spirit
- Able to drive the productivity and morale of the team
- Able to overturn morale problems
- Acknowledges people’s strengths and accomplishments
- Develops and maintains effective relationships with others in order to encourage and support the team
- Encouraged empathy to understand the team’s communication and working styles
- Gets genuine fulfillment by supporting others and their successes (Someone else may get all the credit, but you’re fine with that)
- Helps to identify other’s needs for future growth and improvement
- Offers others opportunities (If you know that person, please commend them! They’re rare!)
- Personable team member
- Provided patient understanding and support
- Supported everyone’s efforts to succeed
- Supports a positive experience for all on the team
- Supports an environment that encourages creative thinking (And feels free to speak up)
- Supports risk-taking (And will be there for you if it doesn’t work)
- Understands and recognizes coworker contributions
Or as I call it: communication. Imagine meeting your team and minutes later, it’s time to get started. You’re organizing the project and getting to know your people. It’s time to throw all the ideas out there and here’s how to do it:
- Ability to interact, communicate and present ideas
- Ability to translate ideas into unconventional solutions
- Ability to understand team needs and develop ideas to meet their objectives
- Able to develop, present and effectively communicate complex ideas and strategies in both technical and user-friendly language to a variety of audiences
- Able to share my ideas with others
- Appropriately shares ideas and info with others (Also carries the thought that you’re discreet)
- Creates an environment where others feel it is safe to be open and candid (Especially if you’re shy in groups, like me)
- Desire to embrace new ideas
- Embraces teamwork and shares ideas/methods to improve performance
- Enjoys being on the idea committee
- Open to discussing conflicting ideas and opinions
- Proposed new creative ideas
- Thinks through projects from ideas through production
This is a case where everybody on the team brings their own unique gift (writing, graphics, IT, etc.) Not only are you highlighting teamwork, you’re showing skills like listening, creativity, and work ethic.
- Ability to promote collaboration and sharing
- Able to balance independent and collaborative work
- Able to operate collectively and collaboratively
- Able to quickly build trust and collaborative working relationships
- Builds and maintains ongoing, collaborative relationships with coworkers
- Collaborated with others to optimize results
- Collaboration is part of my daily routine
- Develops and maintains good relations and excellent collaboration with the team
- Enjoys a collaborative environment with open dialogue and debate
- Has built and motivated high-performing cross-functional and collaborative teams
- Identified and implemented strategies to enhance collaboration between all parties
- Ready to collaborate
- Strong record of effective collaborations
Respect is one of those crossover skills that could be listed under every other soft skill! Respect and teamwork show your emotional intelligence and work maturity.
- Always respectful and professional
- Able to encourage teammates to practice respect
- Ability to gain respect and trust quickly (People person!)
- Able to show respect and sensitivity for cultural differences
- Experience interacting with different cultures
- Respectful in all relationships (Especially with those we might disagree with)
You know how to motivate people without force. You have phenomenal communication skills and you can get others to listen (and maybe consider) what you have to say. Try these:
- Ability to influence others
- Ability to influence without direct authority
- Able to influence and respond across complex arguments
- Able to influence behaviors to achieve desired results
- Demonstrated persuasion by _______
- Excellent influencing skills with colleagues
- Persuasive negotiator and influencer
- Strong interpersonal and persuasion skills
Conflict resolution is an important soft skill that needs it’s own article! (More on that later.) Everyone on the team should always feel they can be heard, especially when feelings get hurt. Here are a few ideas:
- Able to work under pressure and deal with conflict resolution
- Demonstrated effective conflict resolution skills and maintained a calm work environment
- Diffused tense situations with the team
- Expressed opinions openly while managing conflict
- Moved the team toward resolution
- Proven conflict resolution skills
- Provides a model of appropriate behavior for effective conflict resolution
- Skilled with conflict management using professional composure
- Used conflict resolution strategies to resolve minor disputes
Sometimes you need the word “team” to get the point across. It’s an easy way to get specific:
- Ability to work positively within a team environment
- Ability to assess the downstream impact of decisions across the team
- Ability to contribute to the team in a non-traditional way
- Able to bring ideas to the attention of the whole team
- Able to build, manage and motivate high-performance teams (High-performance = results!)
- Able to step back from daily activity to assess and find new ways to help improve the way the team works
- Able to work with and coordinate teams
- At my best working in a team
- Can be an important part of the team
- Can be an invaluable bridge between teams
- Enjoys working alongside others every day
- Great teammate who never works in isolation (That wouldn’t be a teammate!)
- Guides a team charged/entrusted with _______ (Also showing leadership)
- Helped to facilitate working sessions with teams to strengthen working relationships
- Part of a diverse and enthusiastic team
- Participates, contributes and ensures the purpose of team member’s role
- Put the success of the team above my own interests
- Team oriented
- The central point of liaison within the team
- Used a flexible approach to work effectively as part of a large and enthusiastic team
- Works cooperatively with other team members
It’s rare that anyone would work on a project of any size by themselves. When I see the word project, I think of groups of people working busily toward a common goal.
- A strong desire to execute, drive impact and demonstrate urgency with projects big and small
- Ability to juggle multiple projects accurately
- Able to initiate the first steps in launching projects without waiting for permission
- Able to take ownership of projects
- Adept at keeping multiple programs and projects on track in a deadline-driven environment
- Can alter my process to fit the needs of the team/project
- Involved in high-impact projects
- Proficient in the aspects of project launch and closure
- Thinks through projects from ideas to production (You’ve got a plan!)
- Able to follow team protocols
- Able to share my challenges and frustrations with my team (Communication!)
- Comfortable operating independently with multiple teams relying on me (Even when collaborating, there will be times you’ll be on your own. Or you’ll have to switch back and forth between the two, effectively and quickly)
- Created and deepened relationships between the company and the team
- Maintained good working relationships across all areas (Thinking ahead to the next project)
- Provided an environment where people could work effectively
- Understands and takes an active role in establishing and communicating individual and team goals
- Understands the value of building and maintaining strong relationships with team members
- Worked cooperatively and effectively with various work styles
As you highlight teamwork on your resume, consider:
- Show action and be descriptive about what you did on your team
- Think of words like “collaboration” and “project”
- Focus on people and communication skills
As I always say:
Find the words…get the job
Terri Miranda is the founder of Resumes Rewritten and a freelance blogger. She’s a slow typist, hates spreadsheets, and is always rewriting her resume. Find more of her articles at resumesrewritten.com.
Listening: An example of successful teamwork is effective active listening skills. Maintaining eye contact when others are talking, having open and friendly body language, and responding appropriately to the questions and comments of others establishes a professional work environment and shows good teamwork.
- 1 - Trust. The American Psychological Association defines trust as “the degree to which each party feels that they can depend on the other party to do what they say they will do.” ...
- 2 - Tolerance. ...
- 3 - Self-awareness.
Use team player phrases in your skills
Embraces teamwork with a positive mindset. Team-player who can also work independently. Thrives in a team environment. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Typically, teamwork is defined as: Co-operation between those who are working on a task. Teamwork is generally understood as the willingness of a group of people to work together to achieve a common aim. For example we often use the phrase: “he or she is a good team player”.
21 compliments for your team
“Having you on the team makes a huge difference.” “You always find a way to get it done – and done well!” “It's really admirable how you always see projects through from conception to completion.” “Thank you for always speaking up in team meetings and providing a unique perspective.”
- Situation – explain the team environment and provide context.
- Task – state what needed to be achieved as a result of working as a team.
- Action – describe what you did. ...
- Result – emphaise what was achieved as a result of working as a team.
Collaboration, cooperation, and competition work together to improve teamwork, and as we improve in one area, it can lead to benefits in another, creating a momentum which will lead us to optimal performance.
- Consider your unique attributes or skills. ...
- Explain how your unique skills apply to the position. ...
- Explain your experience with similar teams. ...
- Express your enthusiasm for working in teams. ...
- Remain humble and provide honest answers.
“I understand and appreciate the fact that a team environment is both productive and efficient. I have the ability to compromise, show respect to others and listen to the needs of my teammates. While I can be a leader when necessary, I can also play an equal role on the team when the situation merits.”
- Care for each other.
- Open and truthful.
- High levels of trust.
- Consensus decisions.
- Address conflict.
- Real listening.
- Express feelings.
collaborate Add to list Share. When you work together on shared goal, you collaborate. If you don't just split a project up evenly but work together on creating solutions, you collaborate. Inside the word you see co-labor, or "working together." Cooperation is simply splitting up the work and getting it done.
- How do you feel about working in a team environment? ...
- Provide an example of a time you showed strong teamwork skills. ...
- Share an example of a team project that failed. ...
- What makes a team function successfully? ...
- What strategies would you use to motivate your team?
I sat down with him and listened to his concerns, and together we came up with a way for him to feel he had more input in the project. By making him feel listened to, I helped our team complete the project successfully and on time.
In a team, different individuals have different roles to play. Here are five roles of an effective team: Leaders, Creative Director, Facilitator, Coach and a Member. All these are essential components of a team, but they need not be exclusive.
- Communication: Effective communication is the most important part of teamwork and involves consistently updating each person and never assuming that everyone has the same information. ...
- Delegation: ...
- Efficiency: ...
- Ideas: ...
To establish an effective team – there are four essential elements: Goals, Roles, Interpersonal Relationships and Processes.
- Critical thinking and problem solving.
- Teamwork and collaboration.
- Professionalism and strong work ethic.
- Oral and written communications skills.
Finally, if your job involves sales, customer support, or something along those lines, you can mention that your greatest strength is any of the following: Charisma. Communication skills. Energetic.
- Shared goals. If asked to identify their goal at work, most staff members would probably say that it is to provide high-quality, patient-centered care. ...
- Clearly defined roles. ...
- Shared knowledge and skills. ...
- Effective, timely communication. ...
- Mutual respect. ...
- An optimistic, can-do attitude.
- Ask for and give constructive feedback. ...
- Foster mutual trust. ...
- Resolve conflict quickly. ...
- Be a team player. ...
- Define separate responsibilities and roles. ...
- Learn from others with strong teamwork skills. ...
- Define the goals for the team. ...
- Conduct frequent meetings.
- Communication skills.
- Interpersonal skills.
- Observation skills.
- Active listening skills.
The qualities that make a good team player include: Commitment to ensuring the team succeeds with all tasks, duties and projects. Willingness to help a team member in need. Commitment to making sure team members are informed on any developments related to projects or the company's overall business.
Teamwork is important because it enables your team to share ideas and responsibilities, which helps reduce stress on everyone, allowing them to be meticulous and thorough when completing tasks. This will enable them to meet sales goals quickly.
Problem-solving skills: creativity, critical thinking, and analytical skills. Customer-service skills: active listening, time management, and prioritization. Interpersonal skills: communication, teamwork, and empathy. Leadership skills: decision making, stress management, and organization.
Our team always completed our projects ahead of schedule with very positive reviews from our clients. Our ability to communicate effectively was what made us such a good team. People expressed concerns clearly and openly, so we resolved issues as soon as they arose.
- 1) Emotional Intelligence. Emotional intelligence is often referred to as the ability to recognize and manage your emotions and the emotions of others. ...
- 2) Team Player Attitude. ...
- 3) Growth Mindset. ...
- 4) Openness to Feedback. ...
- 5) Adaptability. ...
- 6) Active Listening. ...
- 7) Work Ethic.
Use your resume to draw as straight a line as possible between your experience and accomplishments, and the job you want. If possible, try to show your career progression, too. Ideally, a resume should show that with each new role, you took on new challenges and increased responsibilities.
When you write your examples: Use 'action' words such as achieved, awarded, organised, led, assisted, managed, increased, developed, built or won. Use positive words to describe yourself and your achievements such as accurate, willing to learn, organised, hardworking, dependable, motivated or creative.