As a recruiter, you might feel that you spend way too much time trying to improve your English, only to continue having trouble expressing yourself clearly and confidently.
You’ve watched Netflix in English, studied grammar books, and even spent money on courses promising better English in a short amount of time.
However, you’re still not at the level you want to be in your career.
The truth is that if you keep doing what you do, you’re going to burn out before you ever reach the level of English proficiency you wanted. Instead of continuing to learn everything about English, you need to focus only on what’s important to you and your profession as a recruiter, and then improve those skills in a systematic way.
Let me use an analogy to help you understand.
Let’s say your vitamin B level is low, and you want to fix it. Instead of taking concentrated vitamin B pills, you decide to take multivitamin pills. You know what’s going to happen next. You can take multivitamin pills every day, but your vitamin B level will not improve as much as you’d like because you are not focused on solving the problem.
It seems very straightforward, but this is exactly what has happened to your English learning journey. You have tried to learn general English. You are obsessed with passing a B1, B2, C1 general English exam, but what’s the point of doing that if you still cannot conduct an interview in English.
In order to really improve your English and boost your career as a recruiter you need to follow these 3 steps:
1. Build your communication foundation
Learn HR-specific vocabulary, collocations, and idiomatic expressions. For every English word you know, think of at least three more synonyms and practice using them in real situations. Don’t forget to get familiar with business culture in English-speaking countries.
Why do you need this?
Firstly, by expanding your vocabulary you will be able to deliver your message more accurately. Secondly, your speech will become much more engaging to your listeners. Moreover, misunderstandings sometimes occur due to cultural differences, not because we cannot express ourselves in English. On top of that, what is considered normal in your culture might be seen as rude in others.
2. Boost your communication skills
Now that you have the right words, it’s time to boost your self-confidence while speaking. Polish your pronunciation and intonation, perfect your small talk skills, learn how to deliver presentations, conduct interviews, and speak up in meetings – study how to agree and disagree in English, how to move from one topic to another, or how to express your opinion.
3. Improve your professional writing skills
Your ability to write well plays a big part in your success as a business communicator. You will be judged by the quality of your writing. People will draw conclusions, consciously or unconsciously, from what they sense of you in your written work. For example, careless spelling and punctuation give the impression that you are a careless person.
Good written communication delivers many benefits. It sets you apart as someone worth paying attention to, someone who will succeed, someone who can influence and lead. Writing with clarity, accuracy and elegance gives a powerful message to the people you interact with, and greatly increases your ability to inform, influence, and motivate.
I am a certified and accredited language coach and I work with my clients by following this 3-step system.
Don’t waste your precious time trying to figure things out yourself. Send me a message to book a free session, so we have a chat about your current situation and future goals. I will help you reach your full potential in the shortest amount of time!