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Chapter 1. Presentations: Vital to Succe... > Winning Presentations Can Boost Care...

Winning Presentations Can Boost Careers (and Get You Hired)

A tip to college students: Pay attention to those speech teachers as well as the ones in the disciplines you're pursuing. According to Mary Mandeville, a professor of speech communication at Oklahoma State University, "One of the first things the employment interviewer checks is communication skills. Employers want people who can communicate first and foremost. So I advise students to stick up front on their qualifications the communication skill classes they've taken. That will get them the job over someone else."[8]

Regardless of your work experience, your communication ability or lack thereof can be a key factor in whether you get hired. Jeff Young, general manager of ATA, a small engineering services firm, says: "Communication is a major part of what we do as consulting engineers, with each other and with our customers. So when interviewing people, we look hard at not only their technical or managerial skills, but also how well they can present."[9]


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