Survey: Lack of ‘Soft Skills’ Holds Back Job Applicants

(From Marion Star) -- Showing up on time and demonstrating other basic work ethics were the skills most lacking in people seeking employment in Ohio last year, according to a Marion CAN DO! survey. The results of the survey are based on the responses of 81 companies in Marion, Ohio. "Can I say it's a widespread problem? No, I cannot," said Craig Thompson, president for CAN DO!, economic development agent for the city and county. "Can I say it's endemic to Marion? No, it's not. I've heard it from my other colleagues in central Ohio, the same concerns, as well as in my previous position in Oregon, that soft skills are lacking in the workforce." Read more. Related reading from T+D: Soft Skills: A Case for Higher Education and Workplace Training September 2011 themed issue on soft skills
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