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Smooth Speaking Is #1 Employer Want  

Communication skills have always been desired qualities in new-hires, but recently, speaking skills in particular have shot to the number one spot of what employers want. Such skills, however, are also difficult to find, according to research conducted by the Association of American Colleges & Universities.

Good speaking skills include the ability to converse and express thoughts clearly and concisely and are just as important if addressing an audience of one or one thousand. It is little wonder that employers seek this skill. The ability to express oneself is important to nearly every aspect of work: landing an interview, securing the position, and doing a good job once hired. Businesses exist because their employees can discuss problems and request information, give instructions, and collaborate.

Speaking well requires several other abilities, all of which can be honed. Active listening during a conversation promotes understanding others’ messages, the first step to a meaningful response. Body language such as looking someone in the eye shows that the listener is concentrating on what is being said. Fast thinking and organizing thoughts aid responding well during a conversation. Of course, having the vocabulary to give voice to ideas helps a speaker communicate with precision and without frustration.

Whether speaking in person, on the phone, in a group, or to an audience, communication skills are key to a successful career. Just ask any hirer.

Discussion

  1. Why do you think employers are finding it so difficult to hire employees who speak well?
  2. What types of jobs require speaking skills?
  3. What can you do to improve your speaking skills?

Welcome to Work, Generation Z—Now Learn to E-Mail! … College Grads Lack Communication Skills, Employers Say … Half of New-Hires Make the Same Huge Career Mistake

Welcome to Work, Generation Z—Now Learn to E-Mail!

Generation Z—those now in their teens and early twenties—have been described as even more tech savvy than millennials. Reports say many have had e-mail accounts since they were pre-teens. Despite their facility with technologoy, however, Generation Z has used e-mail as a read-only and outdated medium. Instead, this younger generation corresponds almost exclusively via texting and other communication apps.

shutterstock_127897745But now that the oldest members of Generation Z have entered the workplace as interns or new-hires, they are finding themselves playing catch-up to communicate with other generations. Because they have not been schooled in e-mail etiquette or in composing lengthier, thoughtful messages, the newest generation in the world of work is discovering that composing effective e-mails is a skill they must master. OMG!

From The Wall Street Journal

College Grads Lack Communication Skills, Employers Say

Hiring managers are underwhelmed by recent college grads and say they lack key skills, according to a recent survey conducted by PayScale.

The survey asked hiring managers about hard and soft skills that comprise the “Skills Gap,” those abilities employers expect college grads to have but that are found lacking or deficient.

Writing proficiency was named by 44 percent of hiring managers as the hard skill most lacking in new college graduates, followed by inadequate public speaking skills, which were cited by 39 percent of those interviewing new grads. The soft skills most absent were critical thinking and problem solving, which 60 percent of the managers claimed was under par.

Interestingly, 87% of graduates considered themselves ready for work; only 50% of managers agreed.

From Fast Company

Half of New-Hires Make the Same Huge Career Mistake

Nearly half of all workers fail to negotiate salary when accepting a new position, especially those taking their first jobs—and it’s costing them a lot.shutterstock_229398976

While a few thousand dollars more a year may not sound like much to haggle over, that lower salary comes back to haunt workers over time. Why? For one, raises and future offers are based on current earnings, so the lower the starting salary, the lower earnings are down the line and the slower the salary growth over time. Additionally, people who do negotiate their initial salary offers tend to renegotiate their compensation every few years. An analysis by Salary.com claims that those who do negotiate initial salaries can earn up to one million dollars more over the course of their careers.

From Business Insider