St. Louis Business Journal’s State of St. Louis Workforce 2013

Members of our team recently attended the St. Louis Business Journal’s State of St. Louis Workforce 2013 on August 7, 2013.  Coach Don Bertram prepared this overview related to talent acquisition and professional development.  We are also providing a link to the complete research report prepared by St. Louis Community College’s Workforce Solutions Group.

Finding Skilled Workers: Shortcomings of Job Applicants

  • Lack of Interpersonal and Communications Skills
  • Lack Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Lack General Knowledge of Business and Industry

Basic Skills in Greatest demand:

Communication ranked as the top basic skill in greatest demand

  1. Communication Skills
  2. Organizational Skills
  3. Writing
  4. Leadership
  5. Customer Service
  6. Problem Solving

“Soft Skills (Essential Skills) far outpaced technical skills such as math and computer skills as the most lacking in the workforce.”

“The challenge for training providers is integrating soft skills into training programs.”

Link to complete report:  State-of-St-Louis-Workforce-Report-2013