Hiring and recruitment are full of unknowns. More than ever, businesses want to make certain current and potential employees have the basic work skills necessary to successfully perform key job duties. In the Greater Richmond region, dozens of employers connect the right person for the right job using the results of the Virginia Career Readiness Certificate (CRC). As part of its mission to benefit economic development and workforce needs in Central Virginia, the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) offers individuals and companies these assessments of workplace skills.
Skill and technical competency are important success factors in any role; however, today many employers are telling us, “Give me someone with the right attitude and work ethic, and I can train them to do the job.”
Business magnate and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson writes, “There is nothing more important for a business than hiring the right team. If you get the perfect mix of people working for your company, you have a far greater chance of success.”
A new article published today in the Richmond Times-Dispatch “Spotting the hot jobs” outlines current trends in hiring in the Richmond area. The jobs are there, but area employers are looking for specific sets of skills.
The article states what we at CCWA know very well: that the jobs that are hardest to fill are the ones that require specific skill sets. These jobs require training, and that training is paying off now more than ever.