As competition for jobs remains steady, workers are increasingly looking for ways to stand out. Talent and experience can get you an interview
Online PR News – 27-November-2015 – Los Angeles, CA – As competition for jobs remains steady, workers are increasingly looking for ways to stand out. Talent and experience can get you an interview but are not a guarantee to a job offer. One survey shows that employers rank verbal communication skills as the top skill sought after in job candidates. It is ranked as the number skill, even over initiative, work ethic, teamwork skills and analytical skills. Claudette Roche, The Accent Coach, offers tips for job seekers looking to gain a competitive advantage through speech training.
Your ability to demonstrate good communication skills to an employers is key. Written skills can be displayed through your resume and through previous work. These should always be polished and checked for errors prior to submission to a potential employer. If English is not your first language, it helps to have a native speaker read over all of your documents. Professional editing services are available for those who need additional assistance.
Your verbal communication skills are assessed by an employer almost instantly. speaking skills are part of the overall first impression that will be made by you. Studies show that employers base a number of judgements on these first impressions. Making a great first impression is essential. As the saying goes, you will never get a second chance to make a first impression. As important as a professional appearance and behavior, your communication skills will mark you immediately. Show that you are a good fit for the organization by displaying confident communication.
Demonstrating good communication skills requires the ability to demonstrate a varied vocabulary. Your language should always be specifically tailored to your audience. One of the best ways to gain vocabulary skills is through reading. Start by subscribing to any trade journals in your particular industry. This will help you to improve your grasp of the technical jargon within your field of expertise. It is also important to expand your reading beyond your professional areas of interest. This will enable you to communicate with a wide range of audiences over multiple topics of discussion.
Part of expanding your communication capabilities includes discovering your areas of weakness. "If you don’t know where your business speaking skills stand, talk to a speech professional," states Claudette Roche. "A reputable professional can assess your current skills and provide a plan for how to make improvements."
Improving your speaking skills is the first step to expanding your employment possibilities. Claudette Roche advises job seekers to work on their listening skills as well. Active listening skills involve more than just hearing. Improving your listening comprehension can reduce mistakes on the job. It also cuts back on miscommunications that can take place during a job interview.
One way to improve your active listening skills is through accent comprehension training. If you have difficulty understanding the accent of the job interviewer you may never get a second chance to demonstrate your worth to the company. Those who are able to fully understand and demonstrate the nuances of language will have a better connection with their employers.