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What are ways to prove to employers that you have good communication skills?
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, September 18, 2015
This is an excellent question and an important one because the only way to show someone that your communications skills are strong is to demonstrate them.  The first is with written communication.  Ensure that any social media profiles that you have (i.e. LinkedIn profile, etc.) are well written.  Also, when sending e-mails to potential employers, the messages must be articulate, consise, and demonstrate a specific purpose (i.e. to determine the next steps in the process, etc.).  Secondly, any and all face to face interactions are an opportunity to demonstrate your communication skills.  Even if it is a 5 minute conversation with a recruiter at a career fair, in these interactions you again must show that you are articulate and thoughtful in your communications.  Speak clearly, without hesitancy, actively listen, and ask poignant questions.  It is in these initial interactions when things such as one's communication ability will be established with a company's decision makers.
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Friday, September 18, 2015
Understanding the importance of good communication skills shows that you know what employers are looking for in a potential employee. Many candidates can overcome concerns over lack of experience if they can impress an employer with their communication skills. The way that you can show your communication off is through oral and written communication. For honing your oral communication skills, the key is to practice, practice, practice. You will want to have someone you trust hear how you respond to questions and provide honest feedback. You can also video yourself answering questions so you can see how you sound and work on any areas which need improvement. If you have an opportunity to do any presentations at school or work, take them, as these will also make your more skilled. For written communications, you can provide an employer with samples of any proposals, papers, articles, blogs, etc... which you have received positive feedback on. You will also want to make sure any information you put out on social media channels that an employer may be able to check out, is well written. In addition, any correspondence you have with the employer should not have any errors in them. All the best to you in your search!
Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on Monday, September 21, 2015
There are many ways that you can prove to employers that you have good communication skills. The first way is to triple check your resume to ensure that you do not have any typos, formatting errors, or run-on sentences. Employers will be looking at your communication skills both verbally and written. It is important to practice your elevator speech; know what you are going to say when you are around employers. When considering written messages, remember to always remain professional, even if you are friends with certain people. This will show that you take your career seriously and have the ability to communicate in an appropriate manner at all times. Proving your communication skills takes confidence and attention to detail; practice the point that you want to get across, look in the mirror while talking or video tape yourself. Make notes of anything you’d like to change and practice until those are corrected. Be sure to re-read written messages before hitting the send key. Best of luck!
Answered by Siobhan, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Monday, September 21, 2015
Use your resume and cover letter to showcase your experiences and think of ways to highlight your communication skills in these documents. Ensure that any written documents and correspondence is clear, concise, grammatically correct and free of typos. If you have the opportunity to meet with the employers, be it at local campus events, conferences or networking opportunities, be sure to showcase your skills in person. Be friendly and approachable. Be clear and direct in what you say. Ask thoughtful questions. And listen to what others  are saying to you. Communication is a two-way street. Make sure you are practicing the art of active listening and true engagement. 
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