One of the most important skills for any job seeker is effective communication. No matter what field or level of seniority the jobs you're looking for fall under, getting hired and doing a great job relies directly upon this skill. Employers can tell how effective your efforts may be from the very beginning of your application, and making sure you express the right skills will be important in your searching approach.
U.S. News and World Report noted that one of the first ways you should emphasize your communication abilities is in your cover letter. If you wander before getting to your point, hiring managers will notice. You'll want to get to the point of a paragraph as soon as possible, presenting facts in a coherent and straightforward way. Effective communication includes using direct action verbs instead of more passive ones. You'll want to avoid repetition and focus on getting the message through as simply as possible.
At the same time, managers will want to know you're interested in improving the company itself, not just finding a job. Using the company's online and social media presence to your advantage, try to have a firm understanding of the the organization's products and services going into the application process. When you do your homework, you'll have more information you can share to prove yourself.
A key red flag in the eyes of a hiring manager is that your resume just reads like a series of bullet points, devoid of any enthusiasm. This should be avoided by any means possible. Your resume's bullet points should provide examples of challenges you've faced and overcome, though you can expand upon them in your cover letters and interviews, should you get the opportunity. Once your interviewers find that your work is meaningful to you, they'll gain confidence that you'll be engaged in the future improvements of the company.
At the same time, you may want to take more time than you might expect to ensure you get the right message across. Effective communication relies upon taking an active and vested interest in your audience to understand what they aim to get out of an experience. Even if it's just for a few seconds, you should glance over a job listing one more time before sending an application, or take a breath during an interview to make sure your answer is strong.
One of the best ways you can improve your communication skills is to make yourself sound more ready for the position in question, according to the Houston Chronicle. It's easy to do this with just a few steps. These include replacing the word "if" with "when" in your resumes and cover letters. While it's important to make sure you don't appear overly presumptuous when you're using phrases like these, in case your interviewer thinks you've assumed you have the job already, using these words can show that you're ready and willing to take on the challenges expected of you.
It's also important to keep your eyes on what you can contribute to the company itself should you land the job. Being hired is a two-way street, as your bosses will want to make sure your efforts are worth your salary. Showing that you're ready to work as soon as possible will boost their confidence in you.