Soft Skills - What are They?

The U.S. Department of Labor hosts the following information regarding soft skills, a skill which most employers state their prospective and existing employees should have training on.


"Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success," is a curriculum developed by ODEP focused on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities. Created for youth development professionals as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills, the curriculum is targeted for youth ages 14 to 21 in both in-school and out-of-school environments. The basic structure of the program is comprised of modular, hands-on, engaging activities that focus on six key skill areas:

  1. Communication
  2. Enthusiasm and attitude
  3. Teamwork
  4. Networking 
  5. Problem solving and critical thinking
  6. Professionalism


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