Whether you’re writing a resume or cover letter, or participating in an interview, the topic of communications skills almost always comes up.
What does it mean when you say you have “excellent communication skills?” Not much. It’s a squishy term, an oversimplification, that doesn’t convey any specifics about what you offer to employers.
Is there a better way? Yes! First, figure out the specific communications skills the job demands. Then use your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, phone calls, emails, texts, interviews, references, blog, etc. to show you have those skills.
Consider these ten specific communication skills, along with the best places to show them off:
1. Listening skills (phone calls, interviews).
2. Ability to ask clarifying questions (phone calls, interviews).
3. Ability to draft reports (resume).
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4. Ability to explain complex concepts in simple terms (all platforms).
5. Ability to keep an audience’s attention (brief video on LinkedIn/blog, references).
6. Ability to provide clear instructions (references, blog).
7. Ability to read a room (interviews, references).
8. Ability to write clearly and concisely (all writing platforms).
9. Ability to write letters (cover letter, emails).
10. Presentation skills (LinkedIn, blog, interviews, references).
BTW, if you’re a recruiter or hiring manager, when you write position descriptions, drop the generic “communications skills” term and drill down to specifics. You’ll conduct better candidate assessments and make better hires.
Originally published in Avid Careerist
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