Earn It Goal 1
Job seekers have the basic life skills—attitudes, behaviors and reliability—to succeed in jobs in their region.

Common Sense
  • Employers value and promote workers who show up when expected, work hard, and get along with their co-workers.

Fast Facts
  • U.S. manufacturers cite a lack of basic employability skills – including attendance, timeliness, and work ethic – as the most common shortcoming of employees. (NAM, Skills Gap Report, 2011)
  • 70.3% of employers report that employees with a high school diploma are “deficient” in their professionalism and work ethic. (P21, Are They Really Ready to Work? 2006)

Check out related Action Ideas and Alerts below! Or view other Earn It goals here.

Mentorship Programs for Immigrants

The Basic Idea: Help immigrants and refugees in rural communities learn – in an informal setting – about cultural practices, language, and resources available in the U.S. so they can successfully integrate into schools, workplaces, and communities. How it Works: Establish the scope and goals of the mentoring program Designate volunteer mentorship coordinator(s) Recruit long-term […]

Job Coaching

The Basic Idea: Provide individuals with one-on-one coaching – before and after they get a job – to help them meet employers’ expectations. How it works: The Job Coach assesses the worker’s basic skills and helps address any skill deficit that reduces employability, especially by helping the worker learn appropriate workplace behavior and communications skills, […]

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