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By Meaghan Marshall, May 8 2017 12:51PM

A quick search on Seek.com.au reveals just how many employers are looking for someone that will bring entrepreneurial talent, and it is not just in business development and sales roles. There is a University looking for an ‘experienced Project Manager with an entrepreneurial approach’ a Trade College seeking an ‘innovative educator with entrepreneurial talent’, there is an opportunity for a ‘Compliance Manager with entrepreneurial flair’, and a role for an Entrepreneurial Administration Officer.


Employers realise the benefits of hiring staff with an entrepreneurial spirit. An entrepreneurial mindset describes the way someone approaches life and work; those with an entrepreneurial flair show passion, are optimistic, look for ways to improve, take considered risks, and execute their ideas. Entrepreneurialism leads to innovation.


Having an entrepreneurial mindset is also beneficial for managing your career now and into the future. We all know the days of a job for life are well behind us, the average person will now have approximately ten different jobs before they are 40. The world of work today sees more of us freelancing, in casual or seasonal roles, consulting appointments or contract positions. There is also the issue of underemployment. Having an entrepreneurial mindset will help you navigate your way, help you to find and create opportunities, move across industries, and manage multiple sources of income.


What does it mean to have an entrepreneurial mindset?


Having an entrepreneurial mindset, is different from the traditional view of an entrepreneur who builds a new idea into an enterprise. Rather it refers to a way of thinking.


Someone with an entrepreneurial mindset will:


★ Have energy and passion; they work hard and with intensity.


★ Show commitment to their own continuous improvement; they place value on their personal improvement and development.


★ Be willing to take a risk; they trust their judgment and ability to make a sound decision with consideration to risks.


★ Display curiosity and inquisitiveness; they investigate how the world works, and see things with fresh perspective.


★ Be optimistic and resilient; they will regardless of challenges maintained a positive attitude.


★ Have a strong network; they invest in relationships and seek support when needed.


How to demonstrate you have an entrepreneurial mindset to a potential employer?


If you are applying for a role like the ones described above, then you will need to prove to the potential employer that you have entrepreneurial talent.


Don’t rely on just listing ‘entrepreneurial’ as a skill on your resume. As always, the key it to demonstrating your skills, is to use examples from your past experience. Review the description above of an entrepreneurial mindset; can you think of examples from your past that demonstrate these key qualities and traits?


Have you needed to adapt to changes to your work or industry?

Have you contributed an innovative idea?

What excites you, what is your passion, how have you doggedly pursued your goals?

How have you made sure you keep growing?

What challenges have you overcome? How did you deal with the challenge, and what did you learn?


If you really want to impress a potential employer then take it a step further, do your research, and tell them exactly what you can do for them. Apply your inquisitiveness and vision, dive deeper, and determine a key problem or a specific goal that you can make an impact on.


Having an entrepreneurial mindset will benefit you long into your career, and not just if your goal is to be an entrepreneur in the traditional sense. It’s not too late to build your entrepreneurial mindset. Here are some helpful resources:


5 Ways to Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset (External Link)


How to Cultivate an Entrepreneurial Mindset (External Link)



You might also like:


How to Demonstrate You’re a Team Player


How to Demonstrate Your Resilience on Your Resume & at Interview


Resume Keywords: How to find the Right Words for Your Resume

By Meaghan Marshall, Mar 2 2017 12:15PM



For most organisations, having employees with good interpersonal skills is important and a key priority when recruiting. If you are job searching you will often see job advertisements or position descriptions listing interpersonal skills as a required skill.


It is important to note that although communication skills and interpersonal skills are closely linked, and the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, interpersonal and communication skills are not the same.


A simple definition of communication is “the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs”. Communication skills therefore refer to the skills we use to communicate with others, including our ability to listen, read, write, and speak.


Interpersonal skills specifically refer to the abilities we need to interact effectively with others. Interpersonal skills have a focus on interactions with other people, our ability to get along with others, and form relationships. This includes our communication skills, but also our attitude and demeanor.


Interpersonal skills are sometimes also referred to as people skills, and include a vast set of skills and attributes necessary to interact effectively with others including:


Accountability

Adaptability

Assertiveness

Communication

Conflict Management

Conflict Resolution

Consulting

Constructive Criticism

Customer Service

Developing Rapport

Diplomacy

Empathy

Gaining Trust

Humour

Inquiry

Instructing

Listening

Manners

Mediating

Negotiating

Networking

Patience

Persuasive

Questioning

Respect

Sensitivity

Social Awareness

Sympathy

Tact

Teamwork

Tolerance


Having “excellent interpersonal skills” means having a balanced repertoire of these skills, which will allow you to handle any interpersonal situation gracefully and effectively.


How to demonstrate on your resume you have excellent interpersonal skills


As always, the most effective way to prove your skills on your resume is to provide real examples of how you have used these skills.


Don’t include a vague claim of ‘excellent interpersonal skills’, but instead describe a time you have applied your interpersonal skills with a positive outcome.


Keep in mind the list of skills above when thinking of examples. In your resume make certain that you describe the situation, the action you took and the outcome.


Here are some example achievement statements that demonstrate interpersonal skill:


Diplomatically handled tense interpersonal situation. Thoughtfully intervened when inexperienced colleague experienced conflict with customer. Diffused tension and offered solution.


★ Provided constructive feedback on staff member performance. Explained errors made during data entry task. Listened to feedback from staff and suggested solutions to improve accuracy.


★ Nominated for client service award. Inherited dissatisfied client account, turned relationship around by rebuilding trust.


★ Persuaded Board to support technology upgrade. Communicated benefits and networked with Board members extensively to gain respect and trust.


If you are stuck for ideas, you might find it helpful to refer to the example interview questions below. These questions might prompt you to remember an example from your past experience.


How to demonstrate your interpersonal skills at Interview


At an interview, you will be asked behavioral interview questions in order to gather evidence of your interpersonal skills relevant to the position you are applying.


Example Interview Questions Include:

★Tell me about a time when you disagreed with the actions of your manager or supervisor. How did you approach the situation?

★When entering a new workplace, how have gone about developing relationships with your new co-workers?

★ Tell me about a conflict you were involved in at work. How did you resolve the conflict?

★ Tell me about a time you needed to have a difficult conversation with a staff member? How did you make sure the message was delivered effectively?

★ Describe a time when you have needed to sell idea. How did you go about this? What was the result?

★ Tell me about a time you needed to lead your team to achieve a challenging project. What are the methods you used to motivate your team?


The best way to structure your response is to provide your answer in the ★ STAR ★ format.

S = Situation: Briefly describe the situation to give the interviewer context.

T = Task: Describe what needed to be done to address the situation and what your role and responsibilities were.

A = Action: Describe what you did and how you did it.

R = Results: Describe the outcome, what happened as a result of your actions.


Remember also your performance at interview and the way you interact with the interviewers, will also provide evidence of your interpersonal skills. Make sure you show excellent communication skills and attempt to build a rapport with your interviewers.


Greet your potential employers with a smile and friendly handshake, and engage in small talk. It is a great idea to research the company and industry beforehand so you have some ready conversation topics, but you can also include some informal small talk too.


For additional help demonstrating your skills on your resume you might like to read:


How to Demonstrate You’re a Team Player


How to Demonstrate Communication Skills on Your Resume and At Interview






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