Employment Expert Focuses on Soft Skills for Hiring

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio — Soft skills, as they’ve become known, are becoming about as important to employers as ‘STEM’ skills just a few years ago. A tide is shifting for hiring managers as they focus on communication, dependability and social interaction in the workplace, in addition to the STEM skills of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math.

“Employers in our area are telling us that the need is for soft skills for employees that they’re looking for. We want to start going into the high schools and preparing the students for just that: communication, dependability, what is a soft skill, we want to teach them that so that they know and are prepared when they go out into the workforce,” Julie Metzger, with Ohio Means Jobs Muskingum County tells WHIZ News. Metzger delivered remarks at Zanesville Noon Rotary.

“We’ve got some workshops that we’re doing with the students, some roleplaying things that we’re doing with them. Just anything to help them be prepared for the workforce,” she says.

Ohio Means Jobs says as of October 6, there are more than 147,000 jobs available through their online database.