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Asked by Evan on August 27, 2017

I've found that many employers believe college graduates lack oral and written communication skills. Outside of the required English courses and public speaking course, how can I improve my communication skills to be better prepared for my first job outside after graduation?

Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on August 29, 2017

Great observation, this is absolutely true. In addition to those courses, keep challenging yourself to learn new ways of communicating and/or communicating complex subjects to different people. The more you practice and step outside of your comfort zone, the more you'll grow and strengthen your communication skills. 

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Answered by Amber, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on August 30, 2017

It’s great that you’ve taken the initiative to improve your communication skills! Depending on your major and/or professional goals, you may also want to think about a technical writing course. As far as the job hunt, keep in mind that your communication is being critiqued at every step. Hiring managers will notice typos, grammatical errors and misspellings, not only in your resume, but in all communications (phone calls, emails, texts, etc.) in the interview process. Good luck!

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Answered by James, Hiring Expert at Broadridge, on August 31, 2017

This is a great question! Oral and written communication are huge assets to any candidate when applying for a new role. I would recommend speaking with your Career Services center regarding mock interviewing. They can assist you with pointers for interviewing and communicating effectively. You could also look into any clubs or groups at school that specialize in public speaking or communication (ex. Toastmasters).

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