10 Smart Ways to Show Employers Your Communications Skills

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 demandsTweet this. Then use your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, phone calls, emails, texts, interviews, references, blog, etc. to show you have those skills.

Read: The interview question tell me about yourself. Don’t.

Consider these ten specific communication skills, along with the best places to show them off:

1. Listening skills (phone calls, interviews).

Communications Skills

2. Ability to ask clarifying questions (phone calls, interviews).
Communication Skills
3. Ability to draft reports (resume).


Communications Skills
well, not quite…

Read: 10 Pieces of Information Your Professional Resume Leaks

4. Ability to explain complex concepts in simple terms (all platforms).


Communications Skills



5. Ability to keep an audience’s attention (brief video on LinkedIn/blog, references).



6. Ability to provide clear instructions (references, blog).

Worth repeating!


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).


Death by PowerPoint from Alexei Kapterev
don’t be That Speaker…


BTW, if you’re a recruiter or hiring manager, when you write position descriptions, drop the generic “communications skills” term and drill down to specificsTweet this. You’ll conduct better candidate assessments and make better hires.

Originally published in Avid Careerist 

 Take our Career Assessment  NOW 

to get the vital insights you need to plan your career. 


Web | Email |
With a background in retained exeutive search, Donna is an Executive Resume and LinkedIn Profile writer and Interview Coach, she collaborates with her clients to write job-winning resumes and LinkedIn profiles and their core career marketing materials.

Leave a Reply

Found that interesting? Learn more about our services
Individual services
Make your dreams a reality with a professional evaluation of your career to date.
more info
Corporate services
The evidence is in. More women in your company can deliver 35% greater financial returns. (Catalyst)
more info
Upcoming events
Currently we don't have upcoming events
Download and listen free podcasts
When Does Female Rivalry Turn into Sabotage
Free Download

The importance of Hard Talk
Free Download

Taking Care of your COW
Free Download

How to Cultivate Empathy in the Workplace
Free Download