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How to Show a Willingness to Collaborate

In this competitive job market employers look for soft skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. These days, the ability to collaborate is one of the most valuable skills you can bring to your job search. It is also one of the skills that we look for when placing candidates. So how do you go about demonstrating your willingness to collaborate?

Collaboration on the job is working successfully with other people to achieve or create something. It often means that you focus on the end goal or the greater good of the project or company rather than your individual contribution, or each small step along the way.  Just like in sports, collaboration really comes down to good communication and solid relationships with your teammates to gain the win.

The following are essential to collaboration:

  • listening carefully to understand the larger goal;
  • communicating effectively in order to identify and solve problems;
  • giving and seeking input from others;
  • sharing information and ideas clearly;
  • asking for help when needed; and,
  • seeing things from others’ perspective as you work with them.

All of these skills can be practiced and applied when working with us at Brooks Staffing to help you find a job!

At Brooks Staffing, our goal is to find the best job placement for you based on your unique skills and your goals. During the process of completing our application and skills assessment(s) and interviewing, you can begin to show that you have these highly desirable soft skills by ‘collaborating’ with us.  When we work collaboratively, you should focus on the overall goal of the process instead of each individual step. Think of us as partners as we work to achieve the goal of placing you in a job that you’re excited about.

Here are some ways that you can begin to collaborate with us more effectively:

  • Fill out all the necessary forms to the best of your ability, preferably in advance of your appointment
  • Show up on time
  • Dress appropriately for all meetings – remember, dress for the job you want, not the job you have
  • Always bring a smile and a positive attitude
  • Ask questions when you need more information
  • If something doesn’t work for you, let us know so that we can work with you to come to a solution

The good news is that collaboration is a skill that you can practice and improve upon as you work with us to find your next job!

Job Search Email Etiquette

These days a lot of prospective employers communicate with applicants through email – we sure do! Everything you do during the job search is a chance to make an impression and can affect whether or not you get the position you’ve applied for. So while it may seem small, paying attention to how you’re using email during your job search can have a huge impact. Here are some important things to pay attention to:

Your Email Account Name

Make sure you have an email account that is appropriate for business use. If your email account name includes anything inappropriate or is a long string of letter or numbers you might not be making the impression you want. And remember to never ever send emails from the email address you have for your current job!

Some people create a new email account just to use for their job search, that way they can ensure the account name is professional and that important job search emails don’t get lost in their personal email account.

Email Subject Line

Never leave the subject line of your email blank, because people are less likely to open it, and it might end up in someone’s spam filter. If you’re not sure what the subject line should be, just make it the title of the position you’re applying for. For example, “Commercial Lease Administrator Position.” Sometimes it can also be helpful to include your name in the subject line.

Email Message Content

In any email that you send, state who you are, why you’re sending the email, and your request. The more specific you can be while keeping the message to a reasonable length the better. At the end of the message be sure to say thank you and list how the person you’re emailing can get in touch with you.

Email Signature

It’s helpful to include an automatic signature in your email that lists your name and your contact information. Here is an example:

FirstName LastName
Email Address
Cell Phone
LinkedIn Profile (Optional)


Before sending an email to a prospective employer triple check everything! One mistake you never want to make is to misspell the name of the person you’re sending the email to. Having typos, misspellings and grammatical errors in your email will definitely make the wrong impression.

A concise, professional email free of typos and grammatical errors is a great way to stand out during your job search!

How to Clean Up Your LinkedIn Profile for Your Job Search

When was the last time you logged in to LinkedIn and updated your profile? When applying for a job it’s important to look over all of your social media profiles and make sure that they’re in tip top shape. Be sure to pay particular attention to LinkedIn, the most popular social media platform for professionals. Prospective employers may look you up.

So what sections of your profile matter most? The more you fill out each section of your profile the stronger your profile will look, and the more you’ll stand out to prospective employers.

Professional Headshot

One of the simplest and most effective ways to clean up your LinkedIn profile is to make sure you have a current, professional head shot. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that you need to go out and get professional photographs taken! Simply put on some flattering professional clothes and ask a friend to take some photos of you. Try different locations in different lighting and err on the side of taking a bunch of photos. When you get back home pick out the one that suits you best and upload it to your LinkedIn profile. Now prospective employers will be able to see you looking your best!


The Summary section of your LinkedIn profile is the one place where you get to write out a short bio about yourself in your own words. It’s very important and can be hard to write – very few people like talking about themselves, let alone writing about themselves. As a job seeker this is your chance to help employers get to know you a bit more personally. Here are some things to consider including:

  • Your most important professional accomplishments.
  • Things you know you’re particularly good at.
  • Your values and the things you’re passionate about.
  • Your goals and what you’re looking for.

Up to Date Resume

Make sure to spend a fair amount of time updating your profile. Double-check everything! A sure fire way to make the wrong impression is to have typos or errors in your resume. Be sure to add at least one sentence describing the specific tasks that you performed for each position that you have listed – this will help prospective employers get a better sense of your skills.

If you don’t have many positions that you can list, start listing volunteer work that you’ve done (you can do this under the Experience section or you can add a Volunteer section and do it there).


Get as many good recommendations on your LinkedIn profile as you can. Recommendations mean a great deal to prospective employers. The hardest part about getting a recommendation is figuring out how to politely ask for one from your colleagues. It’s important to only ask for recommendations from people you’ve worked with closely who can speak to your skills and what it’s like to work with you.

When sending a request for someone to write you a recommendation: (1) remind them of who you are; (2) remind them of when you worked with them; and (3) ask them to be as specific as possible. Don’t forget to show proper appreciation! If you can, we recommend sending anyone who writes you a recommendation a separate thank you email or thank you note in the mail. Just in case you’ve never done it before, here’s how to request a recommendation on LinkedIn.

In general, the best thing you can do for your LinkedIn profile is give it the time and energy it deserves. Carve out an hour or so, and do your best to fill out each section of your profile. This will communicate to prospective employers that you’re thorough and professional!