Please check out this fantastic article by Columbia University with our president, Matt Warzel, as a contributor – 𝖢𝗁𝖺𝗍 𝖠𝗋𝖾 𝖒𝗋𝗂𝗍𝗂𝖼𝖺𝗅 𝖳𝗁𝗂𝗇𝗄𝗂𝗇𝗀 π–²π—„π—‚π—…π—…π—Œ?

πŸŽ“I was fortunate enough to be featured in a Columbia University article about 𝖢𝗁𝖺𝗍 𝖠𝗋𝖾 𝖒𝗋𝗂𝗍𝗂𝖼𝖺𝗅 𝖳𝗁𝗂𝗇𝗄𝗂𝗇𝗀 π–²π—„π—‚π—…π—…π—Œ?

In the workplace, we’re constantly bombarded with new information to sort through and find solutions. Employers want to hire people who are good at analyzing these facts and coming to rational conclusions β€” otherwise known as critical thinking skills. Critical thinking skills are a type ofΒ soft skillΒ that describes how you process information andΒ problem-solve.

In this guide, we’ll cover critical thinking examples, how to improve your critical thinking skills, and how to include them in a job application.

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Critical Thinking Skills Defined

β€œBy questioning assumptions, evaluating evidence, and exploring alternative perspectives, individuals with strong critical thinking skills can make well-informed decisions and devise creative solutions to complex issues,” says Matthew Warzel, certified professional resume writer and former Fortune 500Β recruiter. β€œThis leads to improved problem-solving andΒ decision-makingΒ processes, fostering organizational efficiency and productivity. Critical thinking skills also empower individuals to identify and mitigate potential risks and pitfalls, minimizing errors and enhancing overall quality in the workplace.”

How to Improve Critical Thinking Skills

If critical thinking skills are crucial to being an effective (and hireable!) employee, how can you improve yours?

Practice Active Reading

β€œBy reading diverse and challenging material, such as books, articles, or academic papers, students can expose themselves to different perspectives and complex ideas,” Warzel says. β€œFollowing this, students can engage in reflective writing, where they articulate their thoughts and opinions on the material, while incorporatingΒ logical reasoningΒ and evidence to support their claims. This process helps develop clarity of thought, logical reasoning, and the ability to analyze and synthesize information effectively.”

How to Demonstrate Critical Thinking Skills in a Job Application

We know employers value critical thinking skills, but you don’t just want to add β€œcritical thinking” in the skills section of your resume. Instead, your goal should be toΒ showΒ employers that you have these skills.

On Your Resume

On yourΒ resume, highlight experiences where you used critical thinking skills.

β€œInclude relevant experiences or projects that demonstrate your ability to analyze information, solve problems, or make informed decisions,” Warzel says. β€œFor example, you can highlight academic coursework that involved research, critical analysis, or complex problem-solving. Additionally, you can mention extracurricular activities or volunteer work where you had to think critically or exercise your problem-solving abilities.”

In the Interview

In theΒ interview, elaborate on your experiences using the STAR method to frame your answers. TheΒ STAR methodΒ helps you clearly and concisely describe the situation, what you did, and what results you found.

β€œEmphasize your ability to think logically, consider multiple perspectives, and draw conclusions based on evidence and reasoning,” Warzel says.

Check out the article link below! πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

https://careerdesignlab.sps.columbia.edu/blog/2023/07/18/what-are-critical-thinking-skills/

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