Communication means interacting with others through written, verbal and non-verbal means, and includes listening and responding to others also. When you communicate, you are explaining or showing what you mean in a clear and concise way to allow others to relate and respond to you or simply understand something – this might mean you adapting what you say or how you say things to a particular audience.
- Can you communicate your ideas clearly, confidently and professionally?
- How do you use language and visuals to engage and persuade people, adapting your style for different audiences?
- Are you an active listener?
- Are you building your networks and presenting yourself professionally online?
In the next section you will see how you can develop this skill.
Develop your communication skills!
Here you will find some suggested activities that you can do to enhance your communication skills:
- Writing assignments concisely, answering the questions posed to you
- Attending careers and enterprise masterclasses to build confidence in communicating your skills and experience
- Volunteering or part time working during your studies
- Completing a placement year
- Becoming a course representative to collect and report feedback about your course
- Attending presentation skills workshops
- Joining clubs and societies to increase interactions with others
- Listening to others
To learn more about employability and how to access opportunities to help you develop in this area, take a look at our employability booklet (aimed at new students) which provides all you need to know.
Demonstrate your employability skills
You will be asked to provide evidence of your skills through the job application and interview process – you can talk about where, when, why and how successfully you have used your employability skills.
We would recommend keeping a record of evidence of the skills you have developed so that you can refer to them when submitting applications or preparing for interviews. Our Employability Skills Checklist and Activity can be a starting point.
- What skills you are using during your study?
- Can you record experiences as you go along?
- Are there skills and qualities that you are struggling to evidence?
- How will you maintain your skills audit?
- Do you need to take action to bridge a skills gap?
Be positive and relevant
- Give examples of the most relevant skills first from your job, internship or work experience
- Use confident language to describe your skills, for example, praise employers have given you.
- Better to focus on transferable skills than routine tasks on your CV, gained through part-time jobs.
Sell your skills in different ways
These are just a few examples:
- Social Media including a Linked-In Profile
- Networking opportunities
- CV, Covering Letters, Application Forms
- Interview and Assessment Centres
Think beyond common skills
Our Employability Skills are probably ones you are familiar with. But there are some you might not be familiar with, such as meta-skills. A meta-skill like a master skill – it's something that can help you in lots of different environments.
Think also about:
- Subject skills e.g. Software, use of Lab equipment or research methodology
- Talents and abilities e.g. Languages, drawing skills, athletic
- Personal qualities e.g. Calmness, tenacious, creative, supportive
Match skills to your employer
Research the employer – what is their company culture? Look on their website and see what their company beliefs are.
Look at the job description you have. You should be able to find some of the employability skills they are looking for.
Use the STAR technique to help you relate the employability skills into your answers and examples. Read our blog post written by our careers adviser, Adam Taylor, on the STAR technique.
- What Employers Really Want (Skills)
- Step by Step Guide to CV Writing
- Pitching your Business Idea
- Making Effective Applications
- Writing a Covering Letter Guide
- Personal Effectiveness
Our experts have selected further Employability resources for you to use.
Speak to a careers adviser
Our Careers Advisers are on hand to help. Book an appointment on Advantage or by calling 0161 295 0023 (option 5).
Appointments are available for current students and graduates of the University of Salford only.