Soft Skills and Employability Traits are Essential Today
"Hard skills are what you do, and soft skills are how you do it," says Susan Vitale, chief marketing officer for iCIMS. "Unfortunately, one in three recruiting professionals believe job candidates' soft skills have gotten worse in the past five years."
Top Soft Skills Employers Want
- Acting as a team player
- Effective communication
- Problem-solving and resourcefulness
- Accepting feedback
- Confidence is key
- Creative thinking
SoftskillsHigh - Why Soft Skills?
Employability Traits are Attractive to New Employers
When seeking employment, soft skills can be as important as the hard skills that are required to achieve success on the job. Soft skills are much more difficult to define and measure - they are the interpersonal or "people" skills that help students to successfully interact with others in the workplace. Regardless of the job, you have to interact effectively with supervisors and people above and below you on the work chart, as well as others possibly - such as customers, vendors, patients, students, etc.
Companies seek candidates with both types of skills when hiring for most positions. That's because if you have a negative attitude, can't get along with others, don't communicate well, don't work well as part of a team, and aren't able to think creatively and critically, it may not matter how well educated and competent you are. You need to have some set of people skills to get along in any job, not just those working directly with the public. Indeed.com, the leading job site, has shared the most valuable soft skills for job seekers and employees.
Industry Demand and Soft Skill Learning Gap
The industry demand for soft skills has caused a severe soft skills gap between what is being taught in high schools and what industry demands. Soft Skills High assists with closing this gap by providing the curriculum and the delivery method utilizing online technology for ultimate flexibility and connectivity. The goal of our career readiness program is to help students acquire the soft skills to become successful employees and leaders tomorrow and better people today. The curriculum is aligned with the employability traits framework of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.
Work-based learning at the workplace, in the community, and through school-based experiences will need to occur under the guidance of a school-based and community or workplace mentor. The student, along with these mentors, develop experiences where students can demonstrate the CLE competencies learned while performing tasks or functions in one of three environments - school based, community based or work based.
It is important that the local school work closely with the community organization or work-based mentor to establish policies and procedures. Work Based Learning at the Workplace