It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say the pandemic triggered a seismic shift in the way we live and work; ushering in both challenges and opportunities that have reshaped the very fabric of our social interactions. Almost overnight, remote working and virtual communication became the norm, radically transforming our daily interactions in both the professional and social setting. 

So, what steps can we take to set ourselves apart from competition?  

The key lies in demonstrating a keen willingness to improve our communications. Take note of the hacks listed below, and you’ll be way on your way to turning that graduate application into your big career breakthrough.  

Learn the art of active listening

To make a powerful first impression, give interviewers your undivided attention. Resist the urge to interrupt with key selling points, no matter how related you think they may be. 

Whilst it’s important to prepare for all eventualities, avoid thinking about what you’re going to say next. By actively listening, you demonstrate your interest in the role, build trust and deepen your understanding with your prospective colleagues, setting the stage for a lasting impression. 

Be mindful of non-verbal communication

Effective communication in the workplace is about more than just the words we say. Non-verbal cues like body language, facial expression and tone of voice can make all the difference when it comes to interacting with potential employers.

Pay special attention to these cues during interviews and try to adjust your own non-verbal communication to match the situation. Yes, even on Zoom!

Build a professional network

Networking is an essential part of standing out, providing powerful means of establishing connections and a strong support system. Whether you accumulate a professional network online, by attending events, or even by reaching out to industry leaders on LinkedIn, networking helps you to stand out from the crowd, increase your visibility and open doors to exciting opportunities.

By investing time and energy in your professional network, you’ll gain valuable insights, build lasting relationships and achieve your career goals with greater ease and confidence. 

Welcome feedback

Being open to constructive feedback – and taking responsibility for any slip ups – shows employers you’re committed to improving and growing. It demonstrates a willingness to learn, grow and improve, while showing potential bosses that you’re not afraid to own your mistakes.

Better still, being open to feedback helps build trust with your colleagues and managers, showing that you’re receptive the opinions and perspectives of others – leading to increased opportunities for advancement.

Gabriella Wieland
Author: Gabriella Wieland

Gabriella Wieland is a writer and English Literature graduate. She spends most of her time trying to keep her mini-poppadom obsession at bay and finding adventures of the ‘free’ variety. Residing in Manchester, she also spends much of her time liaising with scientists to find a geographical cure for eternally-grey skies and Vitamin D deficiency.