During the month of October, let's take a closer look at soft skills. We have talked about what they are and why they matter. Soft skills are general skills—like the ability to accept feedback, work collaboratively, manage your time, etc. These are skills that will help you in a wide range of jobs
, not just the target job you're applying for. You may begin seeing "soft skills" next to a job description while you are on the search for a new career. To be honest, tech skills may get you the interview, but it's the soft skills that will land you a job and help you to keep it.
This week let's focus on Communication skills.
Wow are these important! Whether we are talking, emailing, writing a memo, or giving a presentation, we have to be able to communicate our ideas and articulate our thoughts so others may easily understand. No matter what job you are applying for, you will see this next to the description: "excellent written and verbal communication skills."
According to a 2010 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), "Communication skills are ranked first
among a job candidate’s 'must have
' skills and qualities."
We can break down communication skills even further. Here are a few types of communication skills that you may want to research:
are the skills we use when engaged in face-to-face communication with one or more other people.
may be used infrequently, there will probably be times in your life when you need to present information to a group of people, either in a formal or informal setting.
can include spelling, grammar, structure, formal and informal writing styles, and more. It can be extrememly frusteratering for a reader that don't understand what their tryin to reading... See what I mean?
are the skills that we use to maintain a healthy body and mind they can enhance communication.
Communication is much more complicated than it may appear. We're here to help - we will be happy to help you to further your understanding of communication and develop your communication skills. Just ask!