Personal Effectiveness

Successful professionals within the quarrying and mineral extractives industry are aware of their own personal attributes and how to develop their skills in different areas. This is why Personal Effectiveness is a key part of the IQ skills wheel.

Listed below are the summaries of factsheets that we have written to help members understand what they need to know about each topic. 

[fa icon="plus-square"] Understanding your personal qualities

Your personal qualities are the characteristics that make you who you are.  As well as the knowledge and skills that you are able to bring to your work, your personal qualities define how you will go about applying yourself to a role or task.  Learning how to identify and make best use of your personal qualities is an important part of being able to develop both personally and professionally.

As a professional in the quarrying industry, it is important that you understand your own attributes and how they impact on you doing your job.  Having an insight into the attitudes, behaviours and preferences of others helps to build teams and leads others towards successful performances.  Understanding your own and others’ personality traits can help with problem solving, particularly where the problem is rooted in behaviours.

[fa icon="plus-square"] CV writing

Your CV should highlight how you meet the requirements for the job you are applying for.  It is important to tailor your CV to a specific job and you should never send the same CV to multiple prospective employers.

Knowing how to best sell yourself through a well written CV and covering letter is essential to starting and progressing your career in the minerals extractive industry.  Being clear and articulate in expressing your achievements and the transferable skills you can bring to a role will be key to understanding your own personal qualities and the career development opportunities available to you.

[fa icon="plus-square"] Preparing for your first management role

Preparing for your first management role can be quite daunting and there are many different skills you will have to acquire in order to succeed. One of the most important things for you to do, is to build a good relationship with your own manager and arrange regular meetings to discuss your performance.

Being a successful manager will help to develop you and your career to its fullest potential.  Being aware of the different aspects required to be a good manager will help you to identify your areas of strength as well as those areas that you may need to focus on.

[fa icon="plus-square"] Chairing meetings

A good chairperson can make the difference between a productive and motivating meeting and a frustrating waste of time.  Being a good chairperson requires skill and leadership to ensure the best use of everyone’s time.  Very few people receive adequate training or support in chairing meetings and yet this important role can be fulfilled by adopting some fairly simple techniques and practices.

The skills needed in chairing meetings are very important for the modern quarrying professional. You may find that you need to organise and run meetings for all sorts of reasons within your day to day work. Knowing how to chair meetings will help you to make sure that your time – and that of the other meeting participants – is well spent and that your meetings are productive and motivating.

[fa icon="plus-square"] Understanding CPD

CPD stands for Continual Professional Development and is the process of continuous, regular learning that all professional people should undertake.  Your CPD will involve learning new things as well as staying up to date on issues that you’re already familiar with.

Planning for, doing, recording and reflecting on CPD activities is a way of maintaining your professional competence.  It requires a continuous and systematic approach in identifying both skills and knowledge that need to be developed or need to remain current within your area of work or expertise.

[fa icon="plus-square"] Working abroad

If your dream is to travel, experience other cultures or start a new life in another country, an overseas job may be the choice for you.  While there are many things to know about how to apply for a job abroad, technology makes it easier to find work opportunities in other countries.

There’s a lot to think about when considering working abroad.  IQ has a network of international offices to help support people working in the quarrying and mineral extractives industry around the world.  We think that working abroad presents a huge opportunity for individual development both personally and professionally.

[fa icon="plus-square"] Dealing with stress

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) define stress as "the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them".   Stress is not an illness – it is a state.  However, if stress becomes too excessive and prolonged, mental and physical illness may develop.

Being able to manage stress effectively is key to maintaining your overall health.  Healthy, happy employees are more productive which helps to create a positive and highly effective workplace.  Therefore it is important to be able to recognise the signs of stress both in yourself and others in the team to be able to develop solutions to help manage the situation.

[fa icon="plus-square"] Achieving work-life balance

All of our lives have become increasingly demanding and frantic.  Work, home, family, friends, hobbies and interests all compete for our time.  The concept of achieving a work-life balance is being able to properly prioritise between our career ambitions and our lifestyle preferences.

The UK loses 10.4 million working days per year as a result of work-related stress*.  Beyond the impact on the economy, the cumulative effect that a poor work-life balance has on the individuals affected is impossible to measure.  Those with an unhealthy balance may struggle to develop and progress in a positive way that brings satisfaction and happiness in both their personal and/or professional lives.

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