Career Calling

August 18, 2011

Are All Communication Skills the Same?

Beware of one size fits all answers.  If an employer is asking you to demonstrate communication skills, be sure that you are representing the kind of skills needed for the job.  For example, both teachers and sale professionals make presentations.  However, the teacher’s job is to educate and present subject matter.  The sales professional wants to close a sales and persuade a customer to buy.  She will often use a communication skill seldom used by a teacher: negotiation.

Writing is also a communication skill that will vary according to the needs of different jobs.  Marketing professionals write copy and create messages.  Technical writers draft technical manuals and documentation for software.  If you’re describing writing skills on your resume, be sure that they are aligned with the job you are seeking.

If you want to impress an employer with your communication skills, don ‘t simply list the phrase, “communication skills” on your resume.  Demonstrate how you have the specific skills needed by the job you want.


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