Match your communication skills with the right job
Almost all jobs will require you to be an effective communicator, but these gigs rely on it.
Did you get an A-plus in your public-speaking class but struggle in creative writing? Can you sit for hours on Facebook but despise making small talk at parties? Are you the one your friends go to when they need a good listener but you don't like being the center of attention?
Communication takes many different forms, and people's strengths may differ from one form to another. You may know you're good at a specific type of communication, but you may not know what job would best suit your skills. If you possess one of the following communication abilities, these are the jobs that might be a match based on those skills.
If you're comfortable in the spotlight, consider these jobs:
Public-relations manager: As a public-relations manager, your job is to represent a company, brand or person. Often, you're the one on the front line, giving television interviews, calling reporters or representing your company at a trade show. You'll need to be articulate, enjoy public speaking and be comfortable talking to people whom you may not know.
TV personality: Whether you want to anchor a news show, report from on the scene or give play-by-plays during a sports game, you'll need to have great speaking skills. You'll also need to be comfortable receiving attention both professionally and personally; once you become a public figure, you open yourself up to both public praise and criticism.
If you'd rather Tweet than talk, consider these jobs:
Social-media manager: As a social-media manager, you'll be responsible for maintaining a company's online presence. You may be the face of the company's social pages, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. You'll also need to monitor what others are saying about your company so you can respond or react appropriately.
Online content creator/manager: People in these jobs employ both social-media and writing skills to develop content across a company's digital properties. You may write blog posts, update the company's website, develop a calendar of Tweets or help produce videos for the company's YouTube channel.
If you'd like to write a book, consider these jobs:
Blogger: You may love blogging, but did you know you could make a career out of it? Bloggers who write on a particular topic, have a strong following and have a reputation for integrity and transparency may be tapped by companies to represent their brands. These bloggers may also advertise on their websites as a way to generate revenue. If you're looking for a more structured position, many companies hire writers for their corporate or brand blogs.
Copywriter: If you're more of the short-story type, you may enjoy working as an advertising copywriter. Copywriters are responsible for developing content for advertisements to help sell a product or service. They may work in-house or for an agency to produce advertising themes, jingles or slogans. They may also be tapped to create brochures, presentations or sales materials.
If you can think on your feet, consider these jobs:
Customer-service representative: These workers interact with customers on behalf of a company or organization. Since customers often call to report a problem or issue, customer-service reps must be patient, possess good listening skills and think and act quickly.
Advertising sales agent: Advertising sales agents need to be comfortable cold calling, making sales pitches and dealing quickly and effectively with client issues. They also need to handle rejection well, since not every call or presentation will end in a sale. If you thrive in a high-pressure environment, this may be the ideal role for you.