Looking for a new job? Want to advance in your career? Don't let your accent hold you back. In this recent article, Monster.com advises job-seekers to practice answering questions prior to interviews, using their best English grammar and vocabulary skills. But an accent can still interfere with your interview, if your speech is difficult to understand. Both regional and foreign accents can be at play when it comes to your job search. Despite being native American English speakers, some job candidates may be considered less qualified for the position based on their strong regional accent, according to researcher Dianne Markley.
Whatever your accent, learning to speak so that others understand you clearly is in your best interest when looking to advance in your career.
Americans speak with a wide variety of regional accents. American accent training will help you have a Standard American Accent, but there's no reason not to enjoy hearing the different accents people speak across the United States. Here's an audio clip from Robert Blumenfeld's "Accents, A Manual for Actors," where he demonstrates regional differences in the pronunciation of the words "pork chop."
photo from porkbeinspired.com
Venture capitalist Paul Graham took some flak recently when he stated that a CEO with a foreign accent was less likely to succeed (see original INC Magazine Article). He clarified his message with this column on his website. The first article's editor latched on to inflammatory language used about the choice to speak with a heavy accent. The follow-up written by Graham points out that an accent is not a problem in business, but not being understood because of a heavy accent is clearly a problem.
It's important to note that professionals have a choice: speaking with an accent which contributes positively to their career, or impedes their progress because they are not communicating clearly. The difference? American Accent Training with a professional.
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