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Executives Say Investment in Soft Skills Needed

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Date: 1/11/2022

Category: Soft Skills


Moonshot news recently shared an article with comments from Caitlin Duffy, research director at research and marketing firm Gartner, calling for investment in soft skills training. 

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A Word from Joe Mizereck, Interim President and Executive Director

NWRC

Date: 12/13/2021

Category: Career Readiness


Today more than ever, skills matter. The question is: which skills? The answer isn’t soft skills, nor is it hard skills. Unquestionably, employers are seeking new hires who possess both sets of skills and are ready to hit the ground running. 

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Forbes Contributor Jason Cassidy Shares Insights

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Date: 12/4/2021

Category: Soft Skills


Forbes contributor Jason Cassidy's article titled "Why do we still call them Soft Skills?" offers unique insight into his thoughts about the importance of promoting these types of skills.

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Reframing Soft Skills as Power Skills

NWRC

Date: 12/2/2021

Category: Soft Skills


At the NWRC, we often talk about the skills of the future, which aren’t technical, they are behavioral. While technical skills will remain, it’s the soft skills or power skills that take effort. Within the lens of power skills, leadership development is a clear priority for every organization.

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Tackling the Trucking Talent Gap at Full Speed

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Date: 12/1/2021

Category: Soft Skills


The nationwide truck driver shortage has ballooned to more than 80,000 and is predicted to continue to grow unless we can train more drivers. 

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The National Association of Colleges and Employers Highlights Career Competencies

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Date: 11/22/2021
Category: Career Readiness

The National Association of Colleges and Employers recently published a list of the eight most important career readiness competencies in their recent paper, Competencies for a Career-Ready Workforce. Click below to read the full paper.
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Florida Chamber CEO Promotes Soft Skills

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Date: 10/27/2021
Category: Soft Skills

In a recent guest opinion for the Orlando Sentinel Mark Wilson reiterated many of the things about the value of soft skills that we've been saying at the NWRC. 
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Soft Skills in the Workplace

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Date: 10/24/2021

Category: Soft Skills


Longtime Leadership Contributor for Forbes, writer Amy Blaschka talks about soft skills that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people. 

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Work Punctuates Soft Skills 

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Date: 9/29/2021

Category: Soft Skills


The following article talks about the importance of soft skills and how best for organizations to focus on developing soft skills. "Leaders and employees will need a lot of time to build soft skills. Training, ongoing conversations, active listening and effective communication all take time."  Read more in the link below that takes you directly to the article. 

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Opportunities for Ex-convicts in Today’s Workplace

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Date: 9/24/2021

Category: Workforce Development


"Even if the labor market soon gets more competitive, ex-offender job applicants may see brighter employment prospects thanks to momentum around clean slate laws, which automatically expunge or seal eligible arrest and conviction records."    

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Why Soft Skills Are More Important Than Ever Before in the Workplace

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Date: 8/31/2021

Category: Soft Skills


A range of soft skills should be considered an essential toolkit for any employee. In a highly competitive market, a business can stand out from the crowd when they show human qualities, such as kindness and empathy in their practices

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Top Three Soft Skills of the Pandemic

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Date: 7/22/2021

Category: Soft Skills


The work world has done a 180 since COVID-19 began, and with that, expectations and desired skills from employers have changed. Candidates with strong soft skills are in high demand for many different types of jobs. Find out more about what soft skills are and why are they so important. Click on the button below for a link to an article on the soft skills from thebalancecareers.com

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Soft Skills are the Future

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Date: 7/14/2021

Category: Soft Skills


Soft skills have always been important in your day-to-day job, but it is projected that they will become one of the driving factors of people getting hired as well as the success rate for many businesses.

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Demand Rises for Soft Skill Training

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Date: 11/30/2020

Category: Soft Skills


According to a new report from Udemy for Business, a learning and development platform, workers have been devouring virtual training courses that help them learn soft skills to better manage their mental health and wellness. Demand for learning mental health skills has grown exponentially in some industries with essential workforces, the Udemy for Business report finds. For example, demand for courses that teach stress management skills grew 5,408% among users who work in the health care industry.

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Soft Skills Connected to Jobs

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Date: 10/20/2020

Category: Soft Skills


According to Indeed, soft skills are important for collaboration and problem solving. Per LinkedIn, creativity, persuasion, adaptability are among the top five most important soft skills that employers are looking for in potential candidates. Click on the link below to read the full article from Business Insider.

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Five Post-COVID Workforce Development Strategies

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Date: 7/16/2020

Category: Workforce Development


Manny Lamarre, Senior Program Associate at WestEd, recently published an op-ed discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the workplace and steps organizations can take to adapt and strengthen their workforce. Click below to read the full article.

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Building Soft Skills for a New Normal

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Date: 6/16/2020

Category: Soft Skills


“Remote work, virtual collaboration and other ways to continue the “new normal” of business while social distancing will continue for the foreseeable future. Some organizations will be transformed entirely as they see how Work from Home and Work from Anywhere policies will become the norm for not just safety, but also providing the flexibility and productivity that employees want from a career. Click below to read the full article.

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Pew Research Identifies “Fundamental Skills”

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Date: 3/23/2020

Category: Fundamental Skills


“Remote work, virtual collaboration and other ways to continue the “new normal” of business while social distancing will continue for the foreseeable future. Some organizations will be transformed entirely as they see how Work from Home and Work from Anywhere policies will become the norm for not just safety, but also providing the flexibility and productivity that employees want from a career. Click below to read the full article.

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Investing in Adult Education

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Date: 10/25/2018

Category: Workforce Development


Many solutions to the United States’ workforce, economic and societal issues lie within one of our nation’s greatest untapped resources – adult education. How do we address America’s skills gap? Employers, economic and workforce developers, and educators are all asking this challenging question.

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