How to communicate effectively in the recruitment process?

Effective and clear communication in job search is a factor that recruiters value. Often well-written cover letter or “elevator speech” makes the difference. Many people fail in these even though they are competent for the job. Why?

Two most common mistakes are:

1. Using too many cliches everybody else is also using. You do not stand out with;
I am good with people, but can also work independently.
– I am analytic and good with numbers.
– I have a strong drive and can get things done.

2. Using adjectives that are easy to misunderstand because they mean different things for different people
– “I am good, strong, sensitive, creative, versatile, agile.” ” So WHAT?”

What successful candidates do differently in communications?
– They use more verbs of action.
– They tell more about results and achievements.
– They tell concrete stories and examples.
– They use numbers and measures.

Take care that your message is clear and stands out in a positive way. This is not about writing novel or detective story. Your goal is to Communicate to express, not impress.

You can assess your competencies and values in Mazhr, and get tips on how to communicate them to recruiters!

Antero Ojanaho
Senior Consultant at Mazhr

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