"Top 10" Skills Desired By Hiring Managers, Part 1 - Communications Skills

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"Top 10" Skills Desired By Hiring Managers, Part 1
Communications Skills
Analytical & Research Skills
Computer & Technical Literacy
Flexibility/Adaptability/Managing
Interpersonal Abilities
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So here are the “Top 10” skills desired by hiring managers and some ways in which you can enhance your abilities in the specific areas…


1. Communications Skills (listening, verbal, written). The ability to effectively communicate is by far, the one skill mentioned most frequently by employers. Having the ability to listen, write, speak effectively and facilitate communication are absolutely critical in whatever profession you are engaged in. The bottom line is that if you can communicate well (and have the ability to showcase this) you have a leg-up on the competition.

There are several ways in which you can communicate your proficiency in this area. One might be…

• Exceptional listener and communicator who effectively conveys information verbally and in writing.
In each area of your resume be sure to list successes and proficiencies in the areas of writing, listening, and speaking. You can also highlight how you facilitate communication between others.


As you progress in the interviewing process, it will become more important for you to be able to communicate your skills to potential employers in this area through non-verbal communication as well. For example, take notes and engage in good eye-contact with those that you meet. Your body language will speak volumes about your communication style without you ever saying a word.


If you feel that this is an area that you need to improve your skills, I offer the following suggestions…

Join Toastmasters International – Most likely there is a chapter of this organization near you. Go and check it out. What you will see are individuals who are trying to perfect their public speaking abilities. The ability to speak and communicate ideas in front of a group of individuals

Read, read, read… On of the best ways that you can increase your communication skills is to read about it! There are literally thousands of books and articles out there that you can pick up. Of if you choose…head to the library and check them out for free!

Work on it… Communication, like any other skill is one that you absolutely need to practice in order to excel at it. No one is “born” a great communicator. With someone you know and trust, ask for them to practice with you. The more you listen, read, speak and engage in non-verbal communication, the better you will become at this vital skill.