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Soft skills.

A new program from the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is helping younger workers develop their communication skills.

"Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success" is a collection of career development exercises and activities designed to help sharpen the communication and other "soft" skills of young workers, including those with disabilities.

ODEP's curriculum covers communication, networking, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking, and professionalism. It's based on the results of a survey of prominent businesses to determine what they believe are the most important competencies and skills for young workers.

According to recent surveys, nearly three-quarters of employers indicated high school graduates were deficient in such basic skills as punctuality, verbal communication, and working productively with others. Businesses across the nation have identified soft skills as crucial to the hiring and employment success of all workers.

The program is available in English and Spanish

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Date:Apr 1, 2012
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