Basic Communication Skills for finding a Job

Penny W-TStarred Page By Penny W-T, 8th Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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In these times of almost global recession, we are all more focused on finding a job, or holding onto the one we have. Businesses are finding that restrictions on trade mean more and more staff have to be ‘let go’ – so how can we help ourselves?

Why Me?

If you, or someone you know is in the position of not having a job at the moment, or who has lost employment due to the cutbacks caused by the Recessions spend a few minutes pondering on these ideas that may help you to work towards finding a solution. You may think ‘well these are all common sense’ and yes, they are, but often we need to have someone else suggest the ideas so that it will focus our attention on resolving the problem rather than feeling miserable about being without any serious source of income. So, as a little exercise, consider the following aspects:
• Researching Job Adverts
• Writing a letter of Application
• Preparing a CV
• Filling in Application Forms
• Applying for a Job

Making a Telephone call asking for Information

These days mobile phones rule the world, so we are all very competent in telephonic communication. But chatting to a mate is very different to holding a conversation with someone who may well be able to consider you for employment. So take a little time to think it all through :
o Prepare what you want to say BEFORE you dial the number
o Who do you need to speak to? Find out the person’s name.
o Which department will you need?
o Write down what you need to ask so that you don’t make a mistake, or miss anything out of your enquiry.
o Listen carefully to the information you are given.
o Jot down notes so that you don’t forget anything important you have been told.
o Think carefully about how you answer any questions.

Preparing to Travel to an Interview

Your method of travel to your interview may vary depending upon several things – are you able to drive, and do you have a car? If so, then you have to consider
• Where is the business located?
• Will there be parking facilities there?
• Is there a public car park close enough to then walk to the place?
• If parking options are difficult how else should I consider travelling?
If you do not drive or have a vehicle then :
o Where can I find bus times?
o Which buses will I need for the journey?
o What are the train/metro times?

Self Presentation for the Interview

Think very carefully the day before your interview about how you will dress for the occasion. Sort out clothes and ensure that they are fresh, pressed and ready to wear to best effect.
o Remember, HOW you look will say a lot about you to the person you are meeting.
o Present yourself in a positive manner.
Remember that the person interviewing you already has a job ! They will be looking for new people who will fit into the team, so how you look will be the first thing that will sell or fail you.

Thinking about what to say

Remember, you WANT this job so think about all its aspects. What do the company make/sell? What will the job you are applying for require you to be able to do?
Find out all about the company (these days most companies have a website of some sort so information is out there) It will impress your interviewer if they can see you have taken the trouble to find out about them, while they are trying to find out about YOU.
o What sort of questions will be asked at the Interview?
o What things will they ask you to tell them?
o What information do you need to ask them?

Ways to avoid nerves and keep calm

• Before you go for the interview look at yourself in the mirror
o Is the face looking back at you looking happy?
o Do you look smart/clean/tidy?
o Have you combed your hair/cleaned your teeth?

Try to Relax on the Journey

Allow yourself plenty of time to make the journey. It is better to get there early rather than be delayed and then flustered when you get there. Punctuality will be the main thing they will be looking for at this stage. It shows that you are keen to be there and work for them.
Try and keep calm while you are travelling.
Think about what you can do when you get this job - and GO FOR IT


Communication Skills, Interview Techniques, Self Presentation, Selling Yourself, Workplace

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author avatar Penny W-T
Published articles on education themes, travel, history and writing techniques. Written a book on WW1 - Gallipoli, and travel books. Run a marketing network for small businesses.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
8th Jul 2013 (#)

Yes, it does sound like common sense, but sometimes that common sense is lacking in people who have been out of work a while and haven't figured out how to jump back in. Good article!!

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author avatar Penny W-T
8th Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you Phyl. Hope there are people here who can pass such info onto people they know in such circumstances.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
8th Jul 2013 (#)

great information again are quite amazing with your versatility....

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author avatar Penny W-T
8th Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you CNW. I am lucky> I have always worked for myself/employed people/trained people/ written for magazines and newspapers/taken my children to explore the world (well bits of it) so it ends up with a lot of info, that I am now making work for me.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
9th Jul 2013 (#)

Good advice, Penny. Thanks for sharing. One thing I like to do is take a deep breath before I walk into the interview. This calms me and clears my mind. It also helps to recite a mantra as you are driving to the interview or riding a bus or whatever. Yes, I can, is an easy one. Think positive. Thanks again and keep up the great work.

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author avatar Penny W-T
9th Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you Connie, I appreciate your support and feedback. i agree with your methods they are also extremely useful

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author avatar Elove Poetry
10th Jul 2013 (#)

Very informative. Nice work.

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author avatar Penny W-T
11th Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you for your comment

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author avatar Delicia Powers
11th Jul 2013 (#)

wonderful page and guide...thanks Penny...:0)

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author avatar Penny W-T
11th Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you Delicia.

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author avatar Nadine May
18th Feb 2014 (#)

Good article and I will send the link to 2 people who are job hunting! Thanks

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author avatar Penny W-T
13th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Nadine May for your comment and support. I have been ill hence my delay in replying, but I hope to catch up with things now.

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