Getting a job these days is a job in itself. How to get that Job and to keep it too? Here I am giving some valuable tips on how to improve your communication and job placement skills to succeed in the global economy.
Use all sources that can help you improve your communication skills in the quickest time possible. It can include everything – English grammar, pronunciation, interpersonal communication, personality building and Development, job-placement rules, interviewing tips, professional dressing and overall business etiquette. It is completely customized for people in India as almost all exercises include real emails, CV’s and actual office conversation.
When some foreigner was working with HR heads in India on job placements, he would see 90 percent of graduates being rejected in the first round of interviews. These rejections were always because of poor communication skills. It was very tragic to see technically qualified and ambitious young people unable to get the jobs they wanted due to bad communication. According to some reports, only 20 per cent of graduates in India are considered employable to a multinational company. Rest were found to be not up to the mark due to poor communication skills. Again, the reason is completely because of lack of communication and soft skills.
Non-verbal skills are extremely important in the selection process. These include posture, dressing, your handshake, eye contact, and a positive attitude.
First, don’t give up. Competition for jobs is harder, but, there are jobs available. India’s service sector is growing even in recessionary times. As a candidate you may need to work harder to prove yourself. Focus on differentiating yourself from your peers, and spend more time on improving your communication skills.
Some suggestions on better Communication:
- Improve your grammar and English fluency: If you can’t put a sentence together without making a grammatical mistake, you won’t come across as a professional.
- Read: Reading helps to improve grammar, vocabulary, and your overall communication style. Read anything – papers, magazines, fiction, non-fiction, whatever engages you.
- Practice pronunciation: It’s important that when you speak, people are able to understand what you say. Learn to speak slowly and work on the intonation of your voice.
- Listen and care: Good Listeners are more successful than good speakers.
The manner in which we talk and present ourselves speaks volumes about our personality. It denotes our confidence levels, preparedness and knowledge of the external world. Body language and speaking skills go a long way in creating the right impression. The former is a form of non-verbal communication that involves the use of stylized gestures, postures and physiological signs which send out positive and negatives signals. Our speaking skills help us communicate effectively, a must in the corporate world. So, here are some body language/conversation tips that will help you stand in good stead.
- Do not stand or sit in a drooping style: Always stand tall with the shoulders and back straight and stomach tucked in at all times.
- While talking to someone, maintain eye contact, stand at an arm’s distance and be careful not to invade anyone’s space.
- Never cross your arms in front as it is a defensive position. Do not speak to anyone with your back towards him. Always have a frontal angle with the person you are talking to.
- Avoid moving too much while talking to someone. This shows that you are disinterested in the conversation and want to move away. Shift weight from one foot to another in a discreet manner. While you are standing, keep your feet slightly apart, this will make you feel relaxed. Make slight gestures with your hands while you are talking with someone. This shows a dependable and approachable personality.
While conversing, make sure that you pronounce each word clearly and have a polite tone of voice. The pitch of one’s voice should always be moderate. Make sure that you don’t talk too fast or too slow. Be loud enough to be heard but do not raise your voice. Listen to people when they are talking and do not interrupt, speak only when the other person has finished speaking.
All the above said and done the interviewee must have the knowledge about the functional area he or she is interviewed for. Without this all the other aspects are useless.