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How to "Say it Right"

Learn the basics to
effective communication

Going on job interview, writing resumes, and polishing cover letters can be a little overwhelming. Maybe you're new to the job market and haven't had much experience at any of these things. The good news is, working on one important skill will help you excel in all areas of job hunting - communication!

Think about all the ways you communicate to others in a single day. We communicate with our words of course, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. We communicate all day long through written words, eye contact, body language, and much more.

When a potential employer learns reads resume or cover letter, or when you meet for the time, you want them to receive the message you're trying to send. How can you make sure you're saying it right? The following tips are centered on achieving good communication. Use these to send the right message and communicate effectively with your next employer.

  • Own your objectives - Use "I" statements where necessary, such as "I think" and "I want." Be specific about your goals when asked and people will understand you more clearly.
  • Be aware of body language - The words you speak and the body language you express should be in sync with one another. If you say it's a pleasure to meet your interviewers, but have a cross look on your face, they won't know exactly how to take it.
  • Ask questions - It's important for any employer to know that you've "done your homework" when it comes to learning about their company. Asking good questions also shows them that you can be receptive and sends the message that you are genuinely interested in working there.
  • Be concise - One important factor in effective communication is being concise. When reading an excessively long letter or listening to a long-winded answer from you is going to make your potential employer lose interest in what you're trying to say.