38% of Job Applicants Lack Basic Skills

The American Management Association reported recently that over 38% of job applicants lacked basic skills for the jobs for which they applied. Basic skills include the ability to read instructions, write reports, and do arithmetic at a level adequate to perform common workplace tasks.

Companies seeking to hire new employees are faced with the need to train the employees not only in the job skills but in basic grade school education skills.

In addition, corporations are finding it is up to them to promote education in the schools by supporting literacy programs and other corporate citizenship programs, in the hope of one day reaping the benefits of finding educated job applicants knocking on their doors.

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