Integrity Staffing Solutions
best of staffing 2020 client rgb

Now Is the Time to Expand Your Skillsets

  • skillsetsheader

 

Why should you do it now? Several reasons.

 

First, the obvious one: the sooner you acquire valuable skills, the sooner you can be making more money.

 

Second, there's a major skills shortage in the job market right now. Employers simply can't find enough workers for their open jobs. It's caused by a number of social factors, including:

The Baby Boomer generation leaving the workforce and not enough people in later generations to fill all the gaps

The cost of a college degree skyrocketing out of reach for the vast majority of the population

The speed with which businesses have transformed their operations in the digital world

 

Last but not least, Integrity associates now have access to Next Step U (in partnership with leading online education institution, Penn Foster) for completely free educational programs. You've got nothing to lose, and a lot to gain!

 

What skills are in the highest demand by employers? You may have heard that the shortages are mostly in low-skilled jobs such as food service and agriculture, but that's just not true. Last Fall, the unfilled jobs totals were:

900,000 in hospitality and food services

1.2 million in professional and business services

1.3 million in education and health services

 

1. Digital skills

This is the single biggest need in all industries. Two-thirds of jobs created in the last decade require either high or moderate digital skills. Employers are looking for familiarity with the exact systems they're using, such as Marketo for digital marketing, Salesforce for customer relations management and Netsuite for jobs in finance. Even for basic office work these days, you need to know how to use word processing and spreadsheet software.

 

A certified course in these business software platforms is more likely to get you hired than a 4-year college degree; and it's a lot cheaper, too.

 

Check out Next Step U for training in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, etc.) and Computer Numerical Control.

 

2. Soft skills

In a recent Wall Street Journal survey, 89% of company executives said they have a hard time finding management and leadership skills, especially among younger workers who may be technically prepared but have no experience of working with others. There are only two ways to acquire those skills: learning on the job or getting education in that specific area.

 

A Next Step U course in administrative assistant, warehouse supervisor or industrial frontline supervisor would look great on your resume.

 

3. Other high demand fields

According to monster.com, these careers are in the top 10 for skills shortages:

Medical and health care

Skilled trades such as electrician, plumber, machinist or carpenter

Technicians in health services, telecommunications and environmental businesses

Transportation, especially heavy equipment drivers

Community services and social workers

Engineering and architecture

 

If you want to get a specialist degree or certificate in these fields, you may need to complete your GED first. Next Step U can help you prepare for the test with free basic English and Math courses.

 

While you're here, don't forget to check our job listings for your next great step toward career success. Or find an Integrity Opportunity Center near you and visit us in person.

You might be interested in...

7.06.20
Recruiters Are Looking — Time to Ramp Up Your Social Media Game
What will they find when they check out your FaceBook, Instagram and other social media pages? And yes, you can bet they will — 92% of companies now routinely search applicants' social media (and not just the ones you tell them about). That's up from 80% just 5 years ago.   Clearly, making social media part of your job seeking strategy is super important, and will be even more so in the future. Here's what else hiring managers say: 91% of recruiters use LinkedIn; 74% use FaceBook; and 66% use Twitter 73% have hired successfully with social media 33% have rejected a candidate based on something found in social profiles   Build Your Brand In the same way that a company markets its products to customers, you can market yourself to potential employers. Think about what skills and aptitudes you wish to convey, and how they are an asset for your desired job. For example, a salesperson needs to be persuasive, self-confident and enjoy interacting with many people. An...
Read More
6.29.20
How to Come Out (or Not) at Work
For LGBT+ individuals, revealing their true identity to co-workers, supervisors and clients comes with both risks and rewards. Your decision will depend on many factors — in both your own situation and the work environment — so there's no one right answer for everybody. However, as a LGBT-owned business, we'd like to share our insights and tips on making the process more successful.   Pros and Cons Workers who feel free to be their authentic selves at work report that they feel happier and more engaged. And studies show that they are more productive, which should please employers.   On the other side of the coin, many LGBT+ people are still in the closet due to fears of damage to their careers and workplace relationships. In a Harvard Business Review survey, nearly half (46%) of American respondents said they are not out to everyone at work.   Assess Your Workplace Atmosphere Get answers to these questions to help you decide whether it's a good idea to come out, or if...
Read More
6.22.20
Transgender in the Workplace: Tips for Employees and Employers
As an LGBT-owned business, Integrity is wholeheartedly dedicated to providing a diverse and fair working environment for all individuals. We've demonstrated over and over again that the keys to success for employer and employee alike are character, values and professional skills — not statistics on a piece of paper like gender or ethnicity.   In this post, we'll share our top tips for the transgender individual at work. While there is a trend towards greater acceptance of transgender rights in our society (and in the law courts), we still sadly see cases of harassment, prevention of use of the correct restroom, refusal to change names on employer documentation, denial of coverage for medically necessary procedures, etc.   The consequences of these actions may be more far-reaching than damages to one person. Companies who get a reputation for hostility to LGBT workers will alienate not just this group from their talent hiring options, but also the much larger pool of people who...
Read More
General

Title

More Info
You need an account to do that Set up an account Never Mind

Please register for an account first. If you already have one, log in here.