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Employability Skills

Indiana’s Employability Skills Benchmarks describe a set of workplace skills recommended for success in today’s competitive workforce. Formerly referred to as "soft skills," these are identified as essential, in-demand skills for all jobseekers regardless of experience or occupation. The term "soft skills" may give the appearance that these skills are of less value, but in fact they are crucial to finding employment and succeeding in the workforce. Indiana’s Employability Skills Benchmarks were vetted statewide by Hoosier employers and establish a common language across all Indiana workforce sectors.

The skills identified by Indiana employers as essential for success in the workplace fall into five categories:

  1. Mindsets
  2. Self-Management Skills
  3. Learning Strategies
  4. Social Skills
  5. Workplace Skills.

Hoosier jobseekers, students, parents and school counselors can review the document below for a complete listing of employability skills definitions in detail.

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Employability Skills were identified through focus groups with Hoosier employers and utilized a framework founded on:

  • American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Mindsets & Behaviors
  • National Network of Business and Industry Associations
  • US DOE Employability Skills Framework
  • ACT’s WIN Career Readiness Program
  • Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) Competencies
  • Center for Employability Outcomes Workplace Essentials
  • Adult Education College and Career Readiness Standards

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