There are so many different skilled jobs, different trainings, and even schools that people could go to in order to be sufficiently trained for their job. How in the world do we expect to get this middle class of employees just the right set of skills to help them make themselves more marketable?
I am proposing this: we need to equip people with a skill set that every employer is looking for. While it can be costly for an employer to have to train someone to do a job, inevitably they are having to in some way or another; either through grants to education programs, or on site, only time will tell which they prefer to do when it is all said and done. So let’s start equipping people with skills that will make employers want to train them.
At the end of the day, when an employer is analyzing two resumes with the same ivy league education or the same fast food restaurant experience, what becomes the tie breaker is the character and behavior of the hopeful employee. I don’t think many employers will come right out and say it on their hiring paperwork, but if you catch a Lead Shift, GM, CEO, CFO or even President of a company away from work and talk to them, in my experience, the answer is the same every time with a few variances.
There are few education programs or jobs that teach us the value of our attitude, behavior, character, work ethic, and a sense of self worth. Several books have been written about the lack of business ethics being taught by our colleges and very few high schools have any funding to get this concept across to our “middle class market” students. Where is the flood of these employees going? They are going right into the customer service industry as they try to find themselves, to get a better job, to get by, to pay the bills, or make money while going to school. We have a huge opportunity to help equip a very powerful group of people to become a hot commodity to these higher paying jobs.
We just have to be brave enough to start working on these basic qualities and insisting that people step up to the expectations. Some employers even seem to be afraid to insist on instilling these character qualities, and yet we seek out these qualities in the employees we interview. Let’s empower and equip people with a skill that is less single minded and instead more marketable on a larger scale..