Isn’t it curious how often we see in employment ads: verbal communication skills required. What does that even mean…verbal communication skills? Does this mean they need someone who speaks (as opposed to signs)? Or does it mean they need to speak English, though the ad doesn’t indicate a specific language requirement? Maybe it means they only have to have oral communication skills. I have no clue what that means, do you? When someone says verbal communication skills, what does that mean to you? Does it mean they know proper grammar, are able to speak the King’s English, don’t have an accent, enunciate well, have a good vocabulary? Maybe it’s as simple as they don’t use swear words. Herein lies the problem with this phrase, verbal communication skills required—it simply does not have a one-size-fits-all definition for the masses. So when people use the phrase verbal communication skills required, I have to assume that everyone and anyone can apply, because it’s a meaningless requirement. Next time you create an employment ad or job description, think twice and then a third time before including verbal communication skills required in the document. It won’t produce the results you are expecting.