Job Hunting? Brush Up On Communication Skills

Resume job description partial screenshotThe importance of communication skills when conducting a job search is going to increase, according to jobunlocker.com.

Your cover letter, your résumé and your emails provide clues about your abilities. “Proofread everything and get second opinions,” suggests the post, adding:

If your writing and grammar ability is inadequate and your writing skills are not up to the mark, you may lose out on a position you are otherwise qualified for.

At smartrecruiters.com, Forbes blogger Susan Adams cites results from a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. It asked managers which skills they considered priorities when making hiring decisions in 2015.

The ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization was No. 3, and the ability to create and/or edit written reports was No. 9. Addressing recent college grads, Adams writes:

The trick is to demonstrate that you have those skills through your cover letter, résumé and interview. Think about class projects where you have been a team member or leader and jobs where you have had to plan and prioritize. Describe those skills specifically in your résumé and cover letter and in your job interview.

Citing the same survey, smallbusiness.yahoo.com notes:

In today’s workforce, written and verbal communication skills are essential to workplace success. Whether you’re an entry-level candidate or you’re applying for a leadership position, you need to possess excellent communication skills.

The Washington Post concisely sums it up this way:

Communication skills have always been important and will remain so.

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Kathy has a love/hate relationship with grammar; she loves words and the punctuation that helps them make sense, yet she hates those pesky rules. A self-proclaimed ruthless editor, she prefers standard usage guidelines of The Associated Press Stylebook. Her easy-to-use Grammar for People Who Hate Rules helps people write and speak with authority and confidence. She encourages and welcomes questions and comments. (Email)

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