Good communication is the key to effectively exchanging  information. The two-way process is essential in business, and graduate job hunters must be able to demonstrate good listening skills and the ability to speak out as well.

Communication requires a few different skills such as presentation skills, being able to phrase important questions, not saying too much, and understanding your audience. Tailoring what you say is particularly important for hunting down graduate jobs


On applications

Due to its nature, communication skills will be one of the most noticeable things on your applications and during interviews so it’s important to get it right.

Your application should be well written and easy to understand, whilst also being tailored to the appropriate recruiter. Check, check and check again for typos, grammatical errors and spelling mistakes!

During interviews you should be confident (I know, easier said than done), smile and maintain eye contact whilst speaking. Always think about who your audience is when speaking to a group of other candidates, or presenting to the bosses - tailor your approach! It’s always good to show your interest and demonstrate your listening skills by asking relevant questions and giving honest responses.

Avoid saying “I’m a good communicator” on applications, they’re not about claiming you have skills but showing you have them. Using the STAR method, it is a good way to do this to a good level. Try using a real world example, good communication is often a factor in teamwork and problem solving, having multiple examples will boost your application too!


Developing your communication skills

If you feel like you’re lacking communication skills - do not fear, there’s loads of stuff you can do that will boost your competencies! From picking up the phones doing a telephone job to volunteer work, you’ll soon be comfortable talking to all sorts of people! Part -time work that involves dealing with tricky customers, or actively selling things to people, are all great things you can talk about and earns you a bit of money of the side of your studies.


skillsMaarten Karremans