Is Your Voice Heard By Employers?

Editors note: This article was published on and reprinted here. Every job seeker has his own voice and signature way of communication. Is it one that employers are waiting to hear or one they avoid?

I always have loved the voice of Roger Ebert, who was the first movie critic whose opinion about movies mattered to me. Not that the sound mattered to me, but I respected his authoritative voice when it came to movies. In fact, from the first time I heard he and Gene Siskel review movies in the late ’70’s, it compelled me to go see it. I think I rarely disagreed with his logic and reasoning about the “why” to see or not to see movies. Sadly, Ebert lost his God-given natural voice in recent years. For a moment, not because of a lack of compassion for his life, but more as to what was important to me.

All of us have a voice, an impression, or imprint. Whether we are writers or not, we have a signature sound in our writing that speaks to the inquirer or the listener. The good news that everyone’s voice is evident in writing, speech, physical presence, or our digital footprint. It’s only bad news if your voice leaves an unimpressive imprint on the person of influence mind.

Your future employer knows the voice they want to hear. They recognize it when they hear it. Again, if you are thinking sound, you’re missing the point. This proverbial voice is employable and says the right things with the right tone. Here are areas to see if we need to either define our voice or to create one.

1) Does your voice sound like the employee they want?

Your résumé must have keywords that flow naturally, not forced. They have purpose and functionality sprinkled with quantitative and qualitative measures. Not only is it eye-catching, but it also places you in the position before being interviewed.

2) Is your voice like the river that flows, a consistent presence everywhere it resides?

Are your social profiles containing the same message consistent throughout your various networking sites? The second set of critical eyes helps to detect the changes that need to be made. The best impression is the first impression.

3) Do your words air confidence or dirty laundry?

If your words lack confidence, then you will lack presence and go unnoticed. Do you repeat the same words or terms in every meeting or interview? I guess you have work to do.

4) Does your speech bring clarity to employers?

Do you bring revelation to employers looking for talent? Small business employers are often hungry for someone who brings vision to a position.

Your voice in the digital imprint, as your actions do in person, makes a lasting impression. Your voice will change over time. It should be a better version of you, but only you can make that happen. The quality of your voice is either your secret weapon, of a weapon of destruction.

What does your voice say? Please comment and discuss.

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