Resilience skills top of employers' wish list for new hires

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Strong resilience skills are good for business. Emotionally robust employees are more likely to be motivated and engaged in what they do. They’re also more action orientated and less worried about risk, coming up with creative ways to solve problems. This means less time and money spent when things go wrong.

Resilient people are also nicer to be around – they bounce back quickly, don’t indulge in blaming and keep a positive attitude. Employers love this as it leads to low staff turnover and a happier, safer, more productive workforce.

Quiz: How resilient are you?

Find out how resilient you are by answering these questions yes or no.

  1. Do you keep motivated when something goes wrong?
  2. Do you see change as a normal part of life so try and adapt as much as you can?
  3. Do you have friends you can talk to when you have a problem?
  4. Do you see problems as a challenge to be solved?
  5. Do you fix mistakes then move on quickly?
  6. Do you have career and life goals you’re committed to?
  7. Do you eat reasonably healthy, sleep well and exercise every day?
  8. Do you see the funny side when things go wrong?
  9. Do you keep problems in perspective and not make them larger than they actually are?
  10. Are you easy on yourself when you make a mistake or get rejected?

If you answered no to:

7 or more questions: You have low resilience and are at risk of burnout in your life and career.

4 to 7 questions: You have some resilience, but are still at risk of suffering stress in your life and career.

2 to 4 questions: You have some good resilience skills but would benefit strengthening these skills to get the most out of your life and career.

Strengthening your resilience

Don’t worry if your quiz results say your resilience is low because you can get more grit.

  • Choose to focus on events or problems that you have control over.
  • See problems and mistakes as challenges to solve, rather than a weakness in your character.
  • Cultivate connections – make friends you can seek out for help, or laugh with when things go wrong.
  • Set and commit to goals you won’t swerve on, regardless of any barriers put in your way.
  • Get help from online resources, your employer, friends or counsellors.

Showing employers you have resilience

Job seeking itself shows employers your willingness to continue even if you get knocked back. Employers also get clues about your resilience skills from your CV and interview.

Resilience in your CV

Employers look at your work and volunteering history, skills, interests and achievements to see if you have had resilience-building opportunities like:

  • customer service experience or people-focused work such as health care
  • community work experience such as fundraising
  • experience that may put you into conflict such as working as a parking warden
  • team activities such as sports or drama
  • participating in competitions.

If you weren’t in paid work or raising children, doing volunteer work, internships and community activities show you stayed motivated and successfully managed job seeking with other activities.

Resilience in interviews

You can demonstrate strong resilience skills in interviews by:

  • showing up prepared for the interview so you aren’t phased by questions
  • keeping calm throughout the interview
  • sharing positive examples of when you successfully took action when there was conflict, a stressful situation or you made mistake
  • sharing concrete examples of how you keep motivated at work
  • having an answer to ‘where do you see yourself in five years’ that shows you set career goals.

It takes time and experience to build up your resilience, so don’t put pressure on yourself to be perfect.

Watch this space as we bring you more articles on the skills employers need you to have, so you can win at job seeking.

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