Whether you’re writing a resume or cover letter, or participating in an interview, the topic of communications skills almost always comes up.
Telling — Bad
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.
Showing — Good
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.
10 Communications Skills
Consider these ten specific skills, along with the best places to show them off, for starters:
1. Listening skills (phone calls, interviews)
2. Ability to ask clarifying questions (phone calls, interviews)
3. Ability to write reports (resume)
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)
Be Specific About Communications Skills
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.
What Did I Miss?
As you can see, your communications skills on are on display throughout your job search. It’s good to be aware of this.
If you can think of other specific, important communication skills, please share them in the Comments below.
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Updated June 2017
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by Jennifer - 4 years ago
Make sure layout of letter is balanced - well spaced and neatly presented.
Address the letter correctly and date the letter.
1st paragraph is the introduction.
2nd paragraph demonstrate your communication skils: For example, indicate that you have good verbal and written communication skills.
Verbal - you can speak and interact with others (all types and levels of people) in a professional and friendly way.
Written - you can write legibly, and construct email correspondence in a professional manner.
3rd paragraph - end by saying howyour communications skills will benefit the company and willing to learn where necessary, that you look forward to hearing from the company and give contact details.
Check letter for spelling mistakes.
Another way of looking at is: If you were writing a letter to someone about yourself, what would you write to show how good you are at communicating.
How would you make yourself sound like someone a company would want to employ.