The ability to work as part of a team is an
important skill set attorneys need if they want to be part of the top attorneys
most sought after in this job market. But how does an attorney go about
exhibiting their teamwork skills and improving the skills they have? Below are
a few tips:
- One of the primary
skills of effective teamwork is recognizing the needs and abilities of
your fellow team members.
Demonstrate your understanding and mastery of this skill by sharing
with employers stories of how you helped uncover hidden talents of team
members while working on a difficult case or when solving a challenging
- Working on a team
also requires that you have the ability to work with difficult
personalities. The ability to work
through personal conflict on a team can mean the difference between
completing the project in an effective and timely manner and failing to
complete the project at all. Share with employers how you resolved team
conflicts while working under a tight project deadline.
- Flexibility is an
important element in effective teams.
Job candidates who can demonstrate their ability to be flexible are
more likely to land the job. To demonstrate your willingness to exhibit
flexibility, share with employers situations where you’ve shown the most
amount of flexibility while working on a team.
- The ability to serve
as both a leader and a follower when needed is important to any team. Employers are looking for individuals who
can quickly switch roles when such change is to the benefit of the
team. Share with employers how you
have been willing to take a “backseat” or the “leadership role” when
necessary to complete a team project.