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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Which isn’t completely true. I mean, occasionally I drop by when I manage to sneak out of the nonstop frat party over at Going Concern, but I’m mostly a wallflower over there. I’m happy to say that I’ve been given express permission (or explicit orders, if you like) to wander over here to AccountingWEB more often.
Why is that, you might ask? My job is to replace the irreplaceable Gail Perry as Editor-in-Chief. What does that mean? I don’t really know! I think it’ll be fun getting a feel for things, throwing in my own thoughts here and there, and listening to the discussions you’re having about the accounting profession.