Good communication, including reading, writing, and speaking, is the number one skill that employers want.
Understanding what others are saying and responding appropriately is essential in every job. The ability to express yourself clearly and confidently was the number one skill employers were looking for, according to a recent report.
Other communication skills are important, as well. For example, I interviewed a manager who told me,
“An applicant’s initial response to a job posting is their chance to make a good impression. Did they follow the basic instructions by answering via email as requested, and including a resume? Did they spell correctly and include their contact information? If they can’t follow directions up to this point I hit the ‘delete’ key because it doesn’t look promising for their future with my business.”
“Those who write poorly are viewed as less intelligent, less educated and less competent. Those who are articulate are seen as intelligent, educated and capable,” says R. Craig Hogan, director of the Business Writing Center and author of Explicit Business Writing.
Spotlight Your Abilities
In fact, your vocabulary and your use of proper grammar are part of the first impression you make. Whether in a resume or your in-person interview it shows your professionalism and attention to detail.
For example, can you do basic research? If so, find out some details about the company you are applying to and use your cover letter as an opportunity to illustrate that you can target your message to respond to their needs.
Problem-solving and critical thinking are essential skills for every job. Therefore, hiring managers assess an applicant’s writing sample not only to establish their capability but also to determine whether they understand the situation and know how to plan a well-organized response.
The ability to structure your thoughts, recognize the main argument and provide supporting facts, documents your skill in sharing information.
Help to Improve Your Skills
If it your writing is rusty or you need to polish your technique, there are plenty of free resources available.
- English 101 Improve all aspects of grammar and style using the tutorials and quizzes on this easy-to-use site.
- Grammar Monster uses graphics to break up the monotony of the exercises and highlights tips for English as Second Language students.
- Grammarly Advertises itself as ‘the number one online grammar checker’.
- MOOCs If you have not heard of a MOOC, or a Massive Open Online Course, check out the enormous number of classes you can enroll in.
- Basic Application Help provides useful help at becoming familiar with applications.
- Resume Formatting with their templates.
In every state there are Workforce Commission offices to work with you improve job application skills and locate employment.
Managers recognize eagerness and a desire to excel, and that is a skill they want.