Hiring managers: Communication is key to success in careers

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- In the growing world of social media, communication with one another can be as easy as a click of a button. But when it comes to landing a job, hiring managers say many young applicants are lacking the face to face communication skills.

Hiring managers at a Career Jumpstart event Tuesday night at UW-Eau Claire say first impressions are important to getting your foot in the door in a new career. But when it comes to moving up the corporate ladder, communication skills are key.

“It’s kind of a little gut check that being a grown up is just around the corner,” UW-Eau Claire junior Kyra Witcher said.

Graduation isn't that far off for Witcher, she's studying sociology right now and in the future has hopes to go into education.

“The first impression is the best impression so building those skills is key no matter what career field you go into,” Witcher said.

In order to land the job of her dreams, Witcher and other students at UW-Eau Claire know it’s important to put the best foot forward. That's why they spent Tuesday night sitting down with hiring managers to learn the keys to success.

“If you do have a lot of great experiences, that's what we are looking for. We want you to share those experiences that you can bring to the table that are different from some of the other candidates out there,” Hormel professional employment representative Jennifer Dao said.

Dao says she helps recruit dozens of employees every year for Hormel. Among her tips and tricks for prospective employees the most important thing is clear, concise communication.

“Face to face communication will always be number one to us,” Dao said.

Dao and other hiring managers say while too much technology can be a downfall in careers, there is an upside to social media when it comes to the job hunt and application process.

“Companies are looking at linked in profiles and we do encourage students to have that professional profile that's online. We also want to have students make sure that they are representing yourself effectively online,” UW-Eau Claire Associate Director of Career Services Staci Heidtke said.

UW-Eau Claire says more than 100 employers will be at its Spring Career Conference being held Wednesday from 10 AM- 3PM in the Davies Student Center.

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