Your Voice is More Powerful Than Your CV For Getting You A Job

The written word only gets you so far​

You've likely spent some time in the past finessing your CV, making sure that A* GCSE in Geography is in slightly bolder print and really hamming up those six violin lessons 20 years ago.

But your voice might actually be a far more persuasive tool to winning people over, according to a paper from University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

Researchers Nicholas Epley and Juliana Schroeder had recruiters and managers listen to candidates explain why they should be hired and read why a separate group should be hired in a paper application. They consistently rated those they listened to as smarter and more capable for the job. This was regardless of whether it was an audio recording of their voice or a video with their face, meaning the voice was the consistent factor rather than face to face contact. 

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Epley and Schroeder concluded why the voice was such a powerful vessel: 

"The words that come out of a person's mouthhttp://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/09/your-spoken-voice-is-more-powerful-than-the-written-word.html convey the presence of a thoughtful mind more clearly than the words typed by a person's hands—even when those words are identical. A person's voice communicates not only the content of his or her thinking, but also the humanlike capacity for thinking." 

Useful to remember that if you've annoyed your parents (again), a call might come across more persuasive than a text.