Not every job applicant will have – or be able to demonstrate – strong emotional awareness skills. So if you can, it could put you at an advantage. In a job interview or at a careers fair, start by showing consideration for the company representatives you’re meeting. Turn up on time, and be professional and engaged; rather than distracted or unprepared.
Remember, particularly at a careers fair, that people may have been working long days – be respectful of their time. The same is true if they’re displaying at a non-careers event. While it may be OK to drop off your CV at a stand, don’t take up people’s time for longer than necessary.
When talking with employers, you could give a generic example of how you channel and focus your own emotions. For example, perhaps you go to the gym, or try to beat your best time on a cycling route. You may channel your emotions into a creative outlet, such as writing or photography.
You can demonstrate emotional awareness at work or college by being mindful of other people’s feelings. Socially, and in team-working exercises, consider how your behaviour will affect others. Try to ensure you let others contribute, and give them space to explain their feelings.
Remember, however, that while it can be very positive to talk about emotions, the workplace isn’t always the best place. Some people find it hard to put their emotions into words, or to open up. They may not want to discuss their feelings with a colleague. Be respectful. Don’t over-share your own emotions. Or pressurise other people to share theirs. Having emotional awareness means knowing where the boundaries are – and respecting these.