When you’re looking for a new job, you want to present yourself as a strong candidate. Showcase how you have mastered the “six Q’s”, basically six key skill areas, and you’ll come across as a better applicant.
Try to include specific examples for each of the following skill areas.
- IQ: This includes skills like critical or strategic thinking, problem solving, and being able to keep an eye on the overall picture.
- EQ: Social skills that lead to success in the workplace, like being able to communicate well, resolve conflict while preserving relationships, and empathy for your colleagues or clients.
- PQ: Your passion for working at a company or in a specific industry. Often this can mean aligning with the mission of the company or having ambition.
- CQ: Cultural fit is key to working well with your team or other departments in the organization.
- CRQ: Your ability to deal with tough situations, like giving feedback or working with difficult colleagues.
- IMQ: Flexibility and being able to adapt when things don’t go smoothly, including proposing solutions and having successful projects even when they get off track.
The concept of “six Qs” is definitely jargony and over the top, but no matter what they’re called, by touching on each of these areas, you show that you’re a well-rounded candidate with many skills.