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Job Hunting? Discover The Magic Of These Skills – UPDATED

Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

“I can’t get a job.  I’ve looked everywhere!”

“They won’t call me back.”

“They just hate (fill in the blank)!”

Finding a job is difficult.  I’m not certain what the answer is, but I do have some time-tested suggestions for teens and adults who want to step ahead in the marketplace:

Seven Communication Skills That We Need

Your Voice – Speak clearly, don’t mumble. Don’t lazily use “I don’t know.”
Your Presence – Stand up straight. Look at their eyes or mouth when spoken to.
Your Respect – Learn their name.  Use their name.
Your Look – Dress as good or better than what you would wear on the job.
Your Mind – Believe in yourself.  Know what you want to say, and then say it.
Your Focus – Learn to listen to others. Choose to listen for details. If you “can’t remember”, take notes; I do, all the time!

Reader Angi of peepsarecool fame added, “Can I add one more? Check your grammar and spelling. I have literally seen managers automatically reject an application if there is even one spelling error. ‘If you don’t have the time to check your spelling, you don’t have the time for an interview.’ I know it seems harsh, however when you are competing for just one spot, managers tend to lean toward someone who takes their application seriously.”

Practice these seven communication skills.  Practice with friends.  Practice at home. 

Practice will help to ease your stress-levels when you’re applying for a job.

Fine Print:
These seven skills are not a guarantee that you will get a job,
but if you don’t use these skills, I can almost guarantee that you will not get a job.

Bring on the comments

  1. Can I add one more? Check your grammar and spelling. I have literally seen managers automatically reject an application if there is even one spelling error. “If you don’t have the time to check your spelling, you don’t have the time for an interview.” I know it seems harsh, however when you are competing for just one spot, managers tend to lean toward someone who takes their application seriously. I love what you wrote. Thanks for the tips!

  2. Great point!
    I added yours. =)

  3. These are all excellent points for sure. I recently learned the sell yourself speech. Everyone who is going for an interview should have this speech ready. When they ask you “so tell us about yourself” they are not looking for the response of I am a mother, or wife, or anything like that. Prepare a speech that you can immediately give them your top 5 skills for the job. Something like this “I am a highly qualified administrative assistant with knowledge of Microsoft office, ability to answer and direct multiple phone lines, proven written and oral communication skills, ability to organize and manage an intricate filing system and I have had employers in the past recognize me for my efforts at work.” This can be a great tool to use, and very effective.

  4. Thank you Leslie, great idea!
    Maybe we should all prepare a “so tell us about yourself speech.”
    Maybe a couple:
    – Personal life
    – Professional life

  5. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don’t know who you are but definitely you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

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