2020 brought a huge shift in how we communicate in the professional world. With social distancing and more people than ever working from home, virtual communication is now integrated in our personal and professional lives.
Many businesses now operate under the idea of “if it can be done virtually, do it virtually.”
Some of these changes will be temporary, but as businesses recognize the financial and time savings of some of these practices, more of them will become a permanent part of their business. Zoom meetings and interviews, conference phone calls, and digital meetings all existed prior to 2020, but they are now more of the rule of how things are done, instead of the exception.
If you’re in the job market, there are 2 reasons you need to be aware of your virtual communication skills.
First, it’s highly likely that some part of the process of being considered for a position will be conducted virtually. It may be a phone or video interview, or even a preliminary skills screening or test. Odds are your first interaction with your next boss will be virtually so you want to make sure you make a good impression to get to the next stage in the process and get an offer.
Second, it’s possible, maybe even probable, that your new job will require you to communicate virtually with colleagues, customers or anyone else your job involves interaction with. Part of the hiring decision now, is not just how will you represent the company in person, but how will you represent them virtually.
Here are 10 tips for improving your virtual communication. Practice these now to make this a strong skill you can sell and so that you’re prepared for interviews and interactions in the hiring process.