Minnesota School of Business
DATE: April 7, 2013
TO: Dr. Janice Spangenburg, Instructor
FROM: Samantha Birdsall, Student
SUBJECT: The Importance of Communication Skills
I have researched the frequency of job advertisements requiring skills such as communication, team work, ethical standards, and professionalism in the human resources field. The following reaction and opinion are based on job advertisements from the Star Tribune, and Jeff Housenbold’s “Take on Talent”.
While researching, I found that all the job advertisements that I looked at in the human resources field required the candidate to have communication skills, ethical standards, and professionalism; or a combination of all of these things. Although not all of the job listings I found required teamwork, most of them did. All of the advertisements listed excellent communication skills, and most of them stated that the candidate needed to have strong interpersonal skills and have professionalism in dealing with confidential matters.
Some of the skills that Jeff Housenbold finds to be most important in a potential job candidate include functional expertise, written and oral communication skills, people skills, and someone who is a team player. He seemed to find these skills of the highest importance, but he also said that he looks for a person who has a healthy self-awareness of their strengths, has good and quick problem solving skills in uncertain situations, has thought capital and leadership (or thinks outside the box), someone who fits in culturally, and has intellectual curiosity.
I completely understand the need for verbal communication in the human resources field. In the title of the field alone, the word “human” means that people in the field will have to know how to communicate with, and relate to humans. I agree with the fact that a candidate for a job in human resources needs to know how to work well with other people in order to...