It really matters ....
Every one enters the job market to find the very right job! Most of them are well qualified and experienced. Yes, most of them possess the right skills too. Still a large population fail to find the right job matching their qualification and skill sets.
Recall your last shopping experience. You buy anything only when you feel that the product is worth the price. Let us analyze your normal purchase decision in a Q&A format.
How do you know that the product is worth the price?
You assess the usefulness, features, effectiveness, suitability etc. of the product and compare the price of similar products in the market.
Who tells and convince you that this specific product is superior, worth and apt for your purpose ?
The salesman or the shop keeper.
Why the salesman takes pain to convince you ?
He wants to sell his product.
Similarly , when you enter the job market the prospective employer is coming for a shopping. He is coming to acquire the right talent. Here also, the employer assess you on certain parameters before taking a hiring decision. He looks whether you are useful, effective and suitable for his organisation. He will also see what value addition that you can offer to his organisation.
If he is convinced, no doubt , he will hire you. Let us analyses this situation.
Who is going to convince him that you are the best ?
Here is no salesman to support you. You are the product and salesman. You have to market yourself. If you succeed in that you will get the right job and the right compensation.
What is the pre - requisite for this marketing effort ?
Like every marketing effort you must be able to communicate effectively. For that you have to use both written and oral communication.
What is the use of written communication here ?
Written communication is very similar to a product brochure. Yes , you are going to use an effective professional curriculum vitae , which is your product brochure.
What is the use of oral communication here ?
An interview is an inevitable phase in every hiring process. This is the time for face to face interaction. You have to convince the employer that you are worth and suitable for his organisation. After the face to face interaction he must feel that you are the candidate he was looking for. Here , you are using oral communication to market you.
Hope you got the significance of communication in landing the right job. Think about the pathetic situation of a job seeker, having enough qualification, experience etc. lack in communication skills.
Let us move further ! Just ask a question yourself.
Do I possess proper communication skills to impress my prospective employer ?
If your answer is negative ; NO NEED TO WORRY.
Boldly accept it. Then understand , you have attained certain academic and professional qualifications. So, there is no need to doubt your ability and competence. Recollect, that long way from your kindergarten days to this moment. During the first day in kindergarten, you were knowing nothing. But today, you know a lot of big things. It is a proof that you are competent and you can learn anything and acquire any skill , if you have a burning desire in your mind.
Take a committed resolution that I WILL BE AN EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATOR WITHIN MONTHS. I'm sure that you will.
You may be wondering why I have that much confidence on you.
I belong to an ordinary middle class family. I'm a first generation professional. I had my schooling in an ordinary Malayalam medium school in my village. I have made a sincere effort to overcome my limitations in communication. My effort was a success and I am still trying to polish my communication skills.
I have successfully adopted certain techniques to improve my communication skills. Definitely, I wish to share them with you in the later parts of this write up.
expect updates !