Don’t fret if your communication skills aren’t as strong as they ought to be. The good news is that you can improve with the right approach and lots of practice. To help you out, here are some tips to consider:
1. Focus on conveying necessary information. Don’t just go with the flow of using jargon and resume-speak phrases. Contribute information about yourself that you think will convince your future employer to hire you. Articulate clearly all the skills you think will be essential for your future workplace, together with the value you’ll bring.
2. Be sincere. It doesn’t help to act like you know everything in the field. You must be humble enough to accept that you will be learning a lot of new things while you’re working for this company. Strive to build a relationship by expressing your goals, skills and common knowledge. Don’t sound as if you’re just there for the money. Let them know that this is a great opportunity for you to grow as an individual.
3. Have a positive vibe. Always be optimistic and let the employer know how eager you are to succeed in every project you do. Complainers are generally not welcome on a team and are likely to bring negativity into the workplace. Show a sunny disposition and you’ll go far in your job search.
4. Reflect on what you’re communicating. Do you talk too much without a purpose? Does your listener learn something about you in every conversation? Being talkative is not the same as being a good communicator. You have to talk about things that make sense, both in your speech and on your resume. Read your resume and examine what kind of tone it conveys to the reader. Make some revisions and omit details that are irrelevant.
5. Prove yourself and let your audience make the judgment. You have to let your future employer know that you are the answer to their needs. You have to convince them that you’re going to produce results. This requires conveying facts in a logical sequence and proving your value as a potential employee.
6. Take time to listen. It is said that a great communicator is a good listener. Always take into consideration that your audience will have something to say at some point. Let them speak their minds and listen carefully to what they have to say. Recruiters don’t like job seekers who are not willing to listen. Let them know that they’re the boss by showing respect and professionalism.
No matter what your current skill level might be, effective communication is within reach. You can – and must – learn how get your point across and ace your next job interview.