You’ve seen the requirements in nearly every job description. Every company wants every employee to possess excellent communication skills.
But what does “excellent written and oral communication skills” really mean?
The oral and written communication skills you will need to succeed in a job vary from role to role. Of course, giving presentations or writing reports isn’t required of every job. But every role will require you to write concise email messages. And you also will be expected to interact well with coworkers. Sure, you already know this.
As a candidate for a job, how can you prove your oral and written communication skills? You don’t want to wait for the interview to demonstrate your conversational abilities. Same goes for how well you succinctly answer a question. So don’t let your resume and cover letter to be the only written material judged.
Here are some ideas to help you showcase your excellent communication skills, oral and written… before the interview.
Proving Your Excellent Communication Skills
One way to prove you have the oral and written communication skills you claim is to provide evidence. But what type of evidence do you have and where do you put it?
One way to identify the skills you need to prove is to read job descriptions. When you see post after post requiring certain skills, that’s what you want to focus on. For example, have you seen this job requirement?
“Create or deliver presentations”
- Recreate or adapt a presentation you have given or created.
- Use a photograph or video of you delivering a presentation.
Embed these files within your LinkedIn profile and on your personal website.
“Write reports, executive summaries and contribute to a monthly newsletter.”
- Start a blog or use LinkedIn’s publishing platform.
- Become a guest contributor to a professional association or an industry related newsletter.
- Press releases, news articles, reports or other business communication you’ve written.
Embed or link to these files in your LinkedIn profile and on your personal website.
Improve Your Communication Skills
We all can get better at communicating and interacting with people. One way to rise to the next level in your career is to develop the oral and written communication skills that will help you stand out. Because no matter what role you want next, how you communicate will always impact your performance. It will also impact how your co-workers and supervisor perceive you.
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Practice and Refine Your Oral Communication Skills
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Improve Your Writing Skills
Typos and grammatical mistakes cast a negative shadow over you on the job and during a job search. It’s super easy to prevent this from happening. Proofread everything your write! Yes, but that takes time and you often miss common errors. Try Grammarly. I’ve been using it for the past several months, in fact, I’m using it as I write this post. It catches mistakes in real-time so you don’t miss them. Grammarly watches everything I type online (emails and blog posts). You can even upload documents you’ve written off-line to double check grammar and spelling.
Take the time to develop, and demonstrate your excellent communication skills… before the interview!
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About the Author: Hannah Morgan is a career sherpa, guiding new job seekers through the treacherous terrain of job search. If you are looking for no-nonsense advice, check out her site Career Sherpa. And follow Hannah on Twitter for the latest job search news and trends!