Help Recruiters Help YOU: The Importance of Good CommunicationOctober 27, 2017
Communication is more than just speaking properly and dressing well. It is the primary skill set required for all professionals of every industry if they intend to have career success.
To communicate for success, you must consider your body language, the tone of your voice, level of excitement, eye contact, facial expressions, and even your lifestyle. Everything you do sends a message.
You want to make sure that the impression you are leaving is as planned. Speaking well, with clear and concise communication, also adds to your own professionalism. The art of having professionalism, is a language in itself. Communicating well starts with YOU being a professional.
Here are the things recruiters would really prefer that you DON’T do!
- Getting on a phone interview in a place with background noise and poor reception showing lack of preparedness.
- Answering the interviewer’s questions with one word responses.
- Showing up late to an interview.
- Not calling into a phone interview and not giving advance notice.
- Requesting to change a scheduled interview.
- Not being flexible when trying to schedule an interview.
- Not following through and completing new hire paperwork when you got the job.
Here are the things recruiters don’t understand:
- Professionals that do not have broad industry knowledge of their profession. (Not reading and learning about their industry constantly).
- Going into an interview wearing jeans.
- Creating a heated argument or not maintaining composure when asked difficult questions by an unprofessional interview. (You have to learn to let it go and maintain your professionalism).
Here are some things that recruiters appreciate:
- Follow through on all instructions while going through the interview and onboarding process.
- Keeping in touch and keeping your recruiter updated on your feedback while proceeding through the interview process.
- Providing a resume that offers detailed explanations of your work history in an organized fashion.
- Updating your resume when requested to further show that you meet the requirements.
Recruiters enjoy seeing you get the job you want and we appreciate being there to help you get there! But, a recruiter can only do so much. It’s all up to YOU to bring your best self and show the HR Manger what you bring the table. If you’re bringing low enthusiasm, poor speech, and fishnet stockings… there is nothing we can do.
Based on the items above, one of the best ways that you can improve on your personal presentation is to read about professional and business etiquette. Then, practice what you learn. There are so many people out there that do not practice etiquette these days that it’s a prime opportunity to set yourself apart from the rest.
Trust me: take the opportunity to exemplify excellent character, and a mindful balanced lifestyle, and you will be in the minority of job candidates to choose from.
Maybe it will help if I share what companies are looking for when they are choosing someone to introduce into their organization?
Not only do you have to fit the work requirements, but you must also fit the company culture and be a good and complementary match to the personalities of the people that you are going to work with. It doesn’t matter as much if you can do the job, what matters most is how well you work with others, whether or not you are trust worthy, whether or not you have a good work ethic, and whether or not you are the type to persevere when challenges arise.
Everyone wants to avoid job hoppers or people that quit when things get tough. All of these qualities are examined and analyzed through your appearance, manner of speaking, your lifestyle and work experience. That is what effective communication is all about.
If you’re struggling in this area, I challenge you to go out and talk to ONE stranger today — even if it’s just the cashier at the grocery store. Make eye contact and remember to smile. Practice makes perfect!
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