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.

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Jarrod Allen
Zanesville knew Jarrod before Jarrod knew Zanesville. He was born here & grew up just outside New Lexington. Jarrod comes to WHIZ after serving as the Statehouse correspondent for 700 WLW in Cincinnati, where he reported on statewide politics from Broad & High for four years, including the 2016 election. Jarrod has reported from the floor of the Ohio House of Representatives & Ohio Senate during the administration of Gov. John Kasich, the inauguration of Gov. Mike DeWine, the Ohio Democratic & Republican Parties and numerous state agencies & associations. He's an active member of the Ohio Legislative Correspondents' Association & and Ohio Radio & Television Correspondents' Association. He can sometimes be found in the Statehouse Radio & TV Newsroom keeping up with politics & getting video to put on TV here in Zanesville. Jarrod has been in broadcast journalism for about twenty-five years, reporting for stations in Ohio and, during eight years in Texas, in Houston, Dallas & Austin where he won an Associated Press award for his work on the Bastrop Complex Wildfire while at KLBJ. He has a degree in Broadcast Engineering & Production from Hocking College, and in Applied Communication from Ohio University. Jarrod calls Perry County home, where he enjoys working with his dad's horse, fixing up the family farm & working with digital printing as a hobby. He returns to WHIZ as a TV, radio & web journalist having worked for George Hiotis & the Littick family in 2000 & 2001.