Your destiny could depend on one word: Communication.
All careers start with good communication skills . . . right from the first job interview.
Whether you’re applying for a job as a sales clerk or a CEO, your communication skills will determine your destiny.
You can’t take talking and writing lightly! No matter how high-tech, how scientific or how much intellectual capacity your career requires, you must be able to communicate with others. It makes no difference if you’re a team member, or a top leader, communication skills matter more than ever.
Over 80 percent of jobs today require the ability to speak and write clearly, confidently and correctly. Good communication opens doors while poor language skills take their toll on your career right from the get-go.
Mistakes in communication can be costly:
Resumes and Cover Letters. Careless spelling causes yours to be placed on the bottom of the pile. Proofread and spellcheck before submitting.
Job Applications. Hand-written applications are often used to check your on-the-spot spelling, grammar and ability to express yourself concisely in small spaces. A hand-written job application has to match up with what’s on your resume, too.
Writing Tests. It’s not unusual today for job candidates to be asked to put complex answers to interview questions in writing – especially if written communication is part of the job you’re seeking.
Oral exams. Job interviews are the oral exams of the business world. Jobs usually go to candidates whose answers to questions are clear, confident and correct.
Follow-up notes. A perfect interview can be squelched by a poorly written follow-up note (or none at all). If you email or text your “Thank you” after an interview, never allow yourself to slip into today’s popular internet slang. Use full words and full sentences.
Good grammar, structure and spelling are still critical in all written communications – no matter how many shortcuts you know. Mumbling, murmuring or making mistakes won’t serve you well in speaking situations either. During interviews, for example, concentrate on the sounds of your words. Articulate clearly. Sit erectly. Make eye contact.
During interviews, for example, concentrate on the sounds of your words.
- Anticipate questions and practice answers to them.
- Write out what you plan to say.
- Keep answers short (two or three sentences).
- Check all your facts for accuracy.
- Find out how to pronounce all relevant words correctly.
- Enunciate clearly by opening your mouth wide enough to avoid slurring words.
- Hold your head up high and speak directly to interviewers.
Listen carefully to all questions asked to ensure that you:
- Say the right thing at the right time.
- Avoid getting off on the wrong track.
- Keep your answers sharp and to the point.
With shortcuts we’ve created for smart phones, tablets and other devices, communication has suffered for the sake of speed. Yet, it hasn’t lost its luster when it comes to career success. Whether you’re looking for a job or seeking a promotion, your communication counts more than ever, despite the shedding of English rules routinely online.
Blog by Susan K. Maciak, Member/CEO CAMEO Consulting. CAMEO provides PR/Communications services, such as blog writing, web content creation and promotional writing, along with corporate training and career coaching. Check out our website at cameo100.com for training in communications and other topics or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan K. Maciak | CAMEO CONSULTING