What employers want may not always be what those seeking out jobs fully realize at first. And, in fact, what most employers want may not even be written on your resume. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t attempt to convey or prove on paper that you have that particular skill.
What is that one thing employers want more than ever and sometimes a challenge to prove?
The Importance of Conveying Communication Skills
According to Binghamton University, most employers continually say they want employees with superior communication skills. Unfortunately, they also note that there seems to be a dearth of graduates from universities who possess communication skills anywhere near professional. Part of that problem comes in those graduates not even being capable of writing in grammatically correct ways.
Yes, that’s an alarming statistic when we expect so much more of our graduates today. What can be done, though, to amend the problem? It turns out that it may simply be a lack of experience living in the real world before looking for work.
The Importance of Internships and Real-World Experience
It’s possible that many graduates are simply jumping into the job market a little too soon after graduation. Should they be spending more time doing internships to learn how to communicate? Even real-world experience can help them learn how important communicating really is when fostering business relationships. Without those skills, it’s easy for today’s generation to become more introverted, despite Generation Y being more ambitious in getting ahead.
Once that experience is gained, how can a job seeker convince an employer that they have excellent communication skills? It’s not enough to simply state it on the resume.
Providing Proven Examples of Communication
It’s easy to simply state you have good communication skills on your resume. An employer will be much more impressed if that job seeker cites specific examples of how those communication skills were applied in previous jobs. As well, it doesn’t hurt to make those mentioned individuals part of the contacts for references. When an employer hears about it directly from the source, the job seeker has a better shot at being hired.
As well, it’s a good idea to demonstrate communication skills during the interview. An employer can tell when someone is communicating effectively based on the hundreds of interviews they conduct every year. That involves listening when required and capably providing pertinent information during the interview process.