One of the soft skills employers request the most is communication. What are soft skills and how do I demonstrate them in my job search? Communication soft skills are sometimes difficult to demonstrate to others because they’re personal attributes, like confidence, verbosity, and listening skills.
During your job hunt, however, they’re certainly not impossible to demonstrate. Here’s how to do it:
Demonstrate Communication Soft Skills on Your Resume
First, you want to talk about your communication skills on your resume by using several key terms. These might include listing your customer service experience maintained in a position. You might not say the word “communication” directly; instead, you want to look for keywords on the job posting that indicate the position requires a good communicator.
Next, you want to include these keywords in your resume. Check to make sure you’re hitting all of the job posting’s keywords by scanning your completed resume using Jobscan. Jobscan gives you resume help by ensuring that the resumes on both documents match so you’re that much more likely to get past Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and into the hands of a real person.
Once you’ve received an interview using Jobscan, you want to continue emphasizing – and demonstrating, your strong communication skills. Here are three ways to show you know exactly what you’re talking about, and that you know how to talk.
Consider the Different Kinds of Communication Soft Skills You Have
When you receive an interview, think about communication, there isn’t just one way to be an excellent communicator. Think about the types of communication skills you have. Are you an effective digital communicator? Do you know how to build rapport with people? In your interview, you need to demonstrate all of your competencies.
When you have a job interview, you want to make sure you’ve prepared beforehand. To do this, first and foremost research your prospective employer. Learn about the company culture, your potential colleagues, and the company’s mission.
There’s no better way to show off your communication skills than by effectively articulating how excited you are about the prospect of working for this company. If you prepare beforehand, you can assemble questions to ask about the position while also tailoring the questions you’ll ask the interviewer during the interview, as well.
Brainstorm Examples of When You Communicated Well in the Past
Before you have your interview, think about examples or stories you can recite about situations in which communication was important. Even if the interviewer doesn’t directly ask about your communication soft skills, you want to be able to weave these examples or stories into your interview seamlessly. Demonstrating that you know communication is key is one of the surest ways to get hired.
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About the Author: James Hu earned his bachelor’s of Information Systems and Finance from University of Washington. He is currently the Founder and CEO of Jobscan. James has also enjoyed work experiences at Boeing, Microsoft, Groupon, Kabam Games, and a start-up of his own. Through his work in the United States, China, and Spain/Gibraltar, James truly integrates a global mindset into his career. In his free time, he also enjoys water sports and backpacking. Follow James on Twitter.