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Needed in Colorado: "Soft Skills"

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Helen H. Richardson
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The Denver Post

In today’s collaborative economy, communication is a valuable skill. So are traits like punctuality, problem-solving, and the ability to collaborate.

But, as The Denver Post reports, many Colorado businesses are having trouble attracting workers with these necessary “soft skills.” The trouble is largely due to Colorado’s tight labor market.  

According to a recent survey, 41 percent of Colorado recruiters and 46 percent of hiring managers in the state reported difficulty finding job candidates with the right skills to thrive in a modern workplace.

Things aren’t much different nationwide. However, the numbers are even more dire for the nation at large. Across the U.S., 59 percent of hiring managers surveyed said soft skills were “difficult” to find. That’s compared to 53 percent who said hard skills were hard to find. Examples of hard skills include programming, math knowledge, or the ability to speak a foreign language.