There’s an old saying that those that think more than an inch past their nose are successful. Planning ahead and thinking of others is important in your personal life, professional life and in business. No matter your area of expertise, your word, timeliness and rapport with others account for a large part of your accomplishments. We tell you that YEC is always looking ahead and looking out for you, planning for a brighter future for our members and community. But these aren’t just words. We put our time and energy into being a company you can trust. We work with integrity and exemplify dependability to show you our members come first. We’re never afraid to do the hard work and you shouldn’t be either.
We call these important attributes soft skills. Sure, YEC is focused on the technical skills used by employees to get the job done. For example, our linemen are skilled at building the distribution lines and managing equipment to power your life and we have trained accountants who manage the books. While these talents are important, they can be taught. The willingness to work hard, go the extra mile and put service to others first are characteristics that we search for in new hires. Someone who has hard skills and who is empathetic, creative, communicative, agile and resilient lands the job. Moreover, we challenge all YEC employees to live by YEC’s four pillars of strong culture: embodying humility, relational wisdom, hunger for knowledge and a family-first attitude.
We’re not alone. Industries are saying the same thing. According to LinkedIn’s “Global Talent Trends,” 80% of industries say soft skills are increasingly important to company success. The same survey also reported that 92% of participants labeled soft skills more important than hard skills. These industry participants aren’t just around the country, but they are right here at home. Take a look at what they are saying and some interesting facts about what employers are looking for in candidates to fill quality jobs.
So why do we care? Simple. We want the best for our members, and we want to open the door to many opportunities that lie at the feet of our youngest generation. Entering the workforce with soft skills and a portfolio of hard skills learned from a technical college is a solid career path and exactly the type of talent for which high-paying, local industries are searching to hire. Whether you are looking for a job or starting to plan your future career path, we encourage you to brush up on your soft skills so that you stand out among the crowd. It will serve you well.
President and Chief Executive Officer
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