Tuesday, July 3, 2007

How do you describe to an employer or a training manager you aren't a team player?

I can't stand the thought as being seen as part of a team or a collective, i work best on my own and good managers can see it. I have my own set regime while keeping to their remit and i don't wear their supplied work wear either. I would feel constricted and uncomfortable, and after 22 years in construction engineering and logistics i'm making a career change towards computers.

I've had a double check before signing up for the computer course, i checked the training facilities website and all of the instructors and trainees are wearing identical t-shirts and sweatshirts, uniform control we're all a big happy team. It isn't my way, how can i explain i can't wear their work wear without being seen as a dissenter?

Answer on How do you describe to an employer or a training manager you aren't a team player?

I think it's all about the emphasis you put on this in the way that you put it to your boss. By that I mean you don't won't to focus on the negative and instead try and give it a positive spin. By saying you don't work we as a team it's not going to show you in a very good light. Instead tell him you find you work best alone and by working alone that's how to get the best out of you. And then of course you've got to back it up, if you get to work alone show your boss that they made the right decision by backing you with what you wanted. Make your manager feel they've made the correct decision and managed you well.