Soft Skills

Job Hunting in the Digital Age: Reputation, Resumes & Video Interviews

This post was written by guest blogger, Vera M. Reed. Vera is a former educator and current blogger in Southern California who enjoys writing on a range of topics in the realm of education.  Job hunting used to be a dreaded, physically demanding as well as time consuming task. However, the situation changed drastically with the arrival of internet. Now the employers just had to post their requirements on various job sites and the seekers just had to upload their resume in the same.  But Continue Reading >

Student Spotlight: Finding Your Path to Success Through The Gateway Program

The Gateway Rapid Workforce Training Program at Skillpoint Alliance provides valuable training and education for Texans looking to gain the skills and knowledge to successfully attain entry-level employment. In just four to eight weeks, participants who enroll in the Gateway Program can become certified in the Construction, Machine Operator, HVAC, Electrical or Nursing fields. They also learn soft skills such as preparing a resume, acing a job interview and communicating professionally with Continue Reading >

Learning to Build Soft Skills On and Off the Battlefield

The US Army has a saying, “train as you fight.” I learned this saying while training a group of US Army Veterans in Killeen, TX. The group was taking an eight week intensive Gateway training in order to secure work in the civilian world as Electrical Apprentices. My role at Skillpoint is to provide Professional Development training, which includes topics known as “soft skills” like professional communication, customer service, and conflict management. During the training, a debate arose Continue Reading >

Survey highlights need for soft skills development in new grads

Summer is hiring season for many tech firms, but not all IT grads are ready for the workforce. According to a survey of Chief Information Officers from Robert Half Technologies, one in four respondents said entry-level employees weren't ready to contribute to the workplace. Over half (55 percent) said a lack of communication and leadership skills was to blame. We've heard this many times before. New employees can learn and perfect technical skills on the job, but an understanding of Continue Reading >

Organization skills crucial to business and employee success

Organizing, prioritizing and multi-tasking are crucial for the small business owner or company employee balancing multiple deadlines. Knowing that it will help to be more organized and actually getting more organized are two different things, however. Here are some tips to get you motivated: You will be more efficient. How much time do you spend searching through folders or digging through piles of papers? Think of all the things you could do if these documents were in a system and you knew Continue Reading >

Soft Skills: The MVP of a Good Workplace

Knowing how to communicate, dealing with conflict, practicing proper office etiquette, working in a team—these are a few of the soft skills that turn a good employee into a great one. However, soft skills are not easily taught because, for many of us, these are habits that we’ve been practicing our whole life. Luckily, Chris Fortune, our FOCUS program director, has been teaching soft skills for quite a while. Part of Gateway graduates’ success stems from the at least 16 hours of instruction Continue Reading >