SkillsYou hear it all the time if you’ve been job searching or even thinking about getting work. If you’ve been to Vic Careers you would have heard it from us as well. Interpersonal Skills – one of the key set of skills most actively sought by employers. In fact, strong interpersonal skills always appear in the top ten skills employers look for.

So what exactly are interpersonal skills and why are they so important? They are important because they demonstrate how you interact with others. Because of this, they are important not just in the workplace, but in your own personal and social lives. In today’s job market, having technical skills is just not enough. You must be able to develop and maintain strong working relationships, to work well in a team and be able to communicate effectively with colleagues, customers and clients. According to Wikipedia, interpersonal skills relate to a person’s “EQ” (Emotional Intelligence Quotient). This is the cluster of personality traits, social graces, communication, language, personal habits, friendliness, and optimism that characterise our relationships with other people.

Isn’t it funny how life happens sometimes…how just as you are thinking about something, you unexpectedly come across a resource that fits right into your thinking! I was just planning to write this blog about interpersonal skills when an email appears in my in-box inviting me to look at, and share, an infographic on interpersonal skills. Since I’m quite a visual person, infographics really appeal to me and as I read through it, I thought ‘bingo!’ – the infographic did a much better job of explaining interpersonal skills than I could have. The infographic lists 10 interpersonal skills and gives tips on how to develop these skills so that you can go on to land your dream job. Remember however, that this list of interpersonal skills is not exhaustive and if you google the term, you will find many variations. So, this is one list of many, but a great way to start thinking about what they are, why they’re important and how you can develop them.

The 10 interpersonal skills covered by the infographic include:

  • Self confidence
  • Positive attitude
  • Communication
  • Team player
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Time management skills
  • Coping with pressure
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to accept constructive feedback
  • Strong work ethic

What are you waiting for? Have a look at the infographic designed by the Open Colleges team and start working towards that dream job! –

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