Are You An Effective Communicator? You Need To Be For Your Job Search.
It is no secret that some of the most successful people in a business environment have learned the art of effective communication. They have perfected their abilities to communicate in a sincere and authentic manner that inspires others to follow. Many have found that business communication is all about how you use verbal, non-verbal and written mediums to communicate in a clear and credible way.
During your job search, the ability to communicate you qualifications, skills accomplishments, goals and career objectives even becomes more important in obtaining your next career opportunity.
Communication is all about establishing trust, communicating in a simple, concise way that allows you to find your own voice and communicate your vision to others while understanding their position.
Establishing trust is the cornerstone of all communication. Your actions and behavior must be in line with the words you speak. If your previous career activities do not align with what you are communicating in the words you are speaking or have written on your resume that trust level will be broken.
Many have found that finding your voice; developing your personal story or brand is an effective way to communicate with hiring managers and executives during an interview. Take some time to develop your story, review you resume, think about your accomplishments and practice communicating it in a simple and clear manner.
Find a voice that is distinctly your own and let your values show through your communication. People like and respect individuals that are “Real”. Do not get caught up in the corporate environment. Keeping your message simple, positive and concise will allow you to communicate your story, qualifications and skills effectively during your job search.
Listen! Listen! Listen!! Do not just talk, listen to what others are saying, and process that information before talking. The art of communication is a two way process. The best communicators are the best listeners. Listen with your eyes and ears. Look at verbal cues as well as physical actions before responding to questions. Ask pertinent and quality, open ended questions that show your genuine interest in the conversation and the opportunity it may lead to.
Understand that your attitude, personality and ability to communicate all go hand in hand. Communication is a two way street that you need to be prepared for. The best communicators are the ones that practice it every day.
Michael DeSafey is a leading executive recruiter for professionals in the construction, engineering and environmental industries. He is currently the President of Webuild Staffing (www.webuildstaffing.com ). To learn more about Michael or Follow his Blog please visit www.michaeldesafey.com