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Job seekers need more than a resume to get employment, soft skills also key

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By Steven Senne By Steven Senne

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Nationwide, unemployment is still above nine percent, and some of those unemployed workers lack some important “soft skills” needed to get a job.

“Soft skills” include competencies such as communication and problem-solving skills.

St. Louis Community College spearheaded a survey among thousands of employers in Missouri and Illinois, along with hundreds of the unemployed in the Bi-state region.

Two thirds of employers report difficulty finding qualified job applicants. More than one third complain about a lack of willingness and ability to learn and the ability to collaborate as part of a team.

Also, more than half said that recent job applicants had a poor work ethic, communication and interpersonal, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

For more information on how to acquire the skills needed to get a job, check out the following:

Better Family Life
5535 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112
314-367-3440
www.betterfamilylife.org

St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE)
1520 Market St.
Suite 3050
St. Louis, MO 63102
http://www.stlworks.com

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