Civil Engineering Communication Skills

Through Civilera blogs,I have been discussing on various technical topics that civil and structural engineers need to have in order to be job ready. Technical skills are mandatory and it is only a part of the skills that a civil engineer need to possess in order to succeed. A main requirement is communication skills.

Many think that communication skill means, ability to speak English fluently. This is only one part of the communication skill that is needed. Now you may think it is about reading and writing emails and other communications in English. Yes, that is also important. However, it is not just limited to that. In my 20+ years of career I have seen technically sound engineers not succeeding due to lack of these skills. You need to think beyond reading, writing and speaking. Even understanding something can be or help communication. You need to be a sharp focused engineer if you have to do extremely well. Given that technical competence is same for two engineers, the main differentiator can be this skill. I will try to explain this with examples.

Reading ,Writing & Speaking Skills

As I already mentioned, direct communication is very important. Most of this being in English, your command over the language should be really good. I have seen some able to speak really well, but extremely poor in conveying something by speaking. Some can be the other way. There is no short cut for improving this. If English is not your native language, practice. You should be able to write and convey a doubt to your boss if you are a beginner and a very decent email to your team and a client if you have to one day become a team leader. Same is the case with speaking.

Local Language is also something equally important. Sometimes the nature of your work demands you to know a local language. An example is the staff at site understanding only the local language. What they need to build, they need to know and effective communication is possible with the local language.

CV writing Skills

This is handy when you start your career or when you want to change it. The writing skills can

come handy when you present your CV. You should remember that a mistake in CV can negatively impact your selection probability. You need to be marketing really well in your CV even if you are technically good or even if your marks are great. How do you write a CV if you are a civil engineer?

Your CV should contain your civil engineering skills. However, it should be written in a way that will communicate it crisply. A busy recruiter or a civil engineering manager will be quickly glancing at your CV and as a fresh civil engineering graduate, your CV should contain only relevant information.

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Interview communications

Many entry level civil engineers consider interviews as a questions and answer session. Though this may be true partly, it is a means that need to be used to market yourself well. Your real speaking skills and your overall personality will matter in addition to your structural engineering skills.

I want to add that, a well written CV will help you in your actual interview process as well. A well written and structured CV can attract questions to your advantage and you can win the civil engineering job of your dream just by having a great CV and a planned approach in the interview.

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