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One Skill May Be Key to Getting Hired
Call it the power of your voice. When it comes to getting a new job, one thing may be more important than your resume or references: making your pitch. Job-hunters who have fine-tuned their speaking skills so they can eloquently and succinctly explain aloud why they should be hired for a particular job are much more likely to be successful in their quest for employment.

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And even though excellent writing skills are always an asset for any professional position, being able to present that job pitch in writing is not as effective as when it is spoken.

The study: Led by Nicholas Epley, a professor of business at the University of Chicago and the author of "Mindwise: Why We Misunderstand What Others Think, Believe, Feel and Want," the team asked MBA students to create short written and spoken pitches for a job at a company for which they would want to work. The students' pitches were then rated by professional recruiters.

The results: Students were consistently rated as being more competent, thoughtful and intelligent when the evaluators listened to the pitch, rather than read it--even when the identical words were used for both the verbal and written pitch.

"In addition to communicating the contents of one's mind, like specific thoughts and beliefs, a person's speech conveys their fundamental capacity to think--the capacity for reasoning, thoughtfulness and intellect," explained Epley in a news release. "When conveying intelligence, it's important for one's voice to be heard--literally."

The study findings were published in the Journal of Psychological Science.

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