With our unemployment rate still above 10 percent, employers are getting dozens of applications for every opening. However, there is a way for you to stand out.
The Chamber of Commerce works closely with 2,500 businesses.
I sat down with Tray Abney, director of government of relations from the Chamber of Commerce on my weekend show Face the State to discuss what skills employers are looking for.
I asked Abney what skills employers tell him are highly valuable in this job market.
"We're talking about customer service skills, interpersonal skills, putting a sentence together and being able to have basic writing skills. They need those skills no matter what job they're wanting."
Abney said having an education certainly helps, but it really comes down to basic skills.
Those skills, if you can master them, will be your golden ticket to getting hired.
He also said many business leaders are still reluctant to hire because of a number of uncertainties.
Abney said this upcoming legislative session is one of them. The debate between Republicans and Democrats over taxes on small businesses has many in our area concerned.
Abney said he will be representing businesses this legislative session, which gets underway February 4th.
I asked him what will his message to lawmakers be.
"You need to think carefully before you take money out of people's pockets and you need to have reforms in place, like prevailing wage, like public employee collective bargaining, retirement reform, construction defect and things like that. We're spending money very inefficiently in this state right now. Before you start taking more money out of people's pockets, you need to fix those problems."
To watch the entire interview tune in on Channel 2 Saturday at 4:30 a.m. or 3:30 a.m.
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