Basic & Soft Skills
For Residents

Iredell Ready empowers residents to elevate basic and soft skills, fostering continuous learning and growth for success in the career path of your choice.

Fueling Lifelong Success by Elevating Basic Skills

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Iredell County works with Mitchell Community College,  NCWorks, and Goodwill to provide support for basic skills like reading, writing, math, problem-solving, and money management. This helps people prepare for employment and earn a High School Equivalency degree. Our focus on essential skills helps residents achieve their goals and succeed in life.

Learn More about Iredell Programs

Learn more about programs that support Iredell County residents with Basic Skills, High School Equivalency, and English as a Second Language.

Empowering Residents with Essential Soft Skills

What are soft skills? Soft skills, also known as ‘Durable Skills,’ are character traits and interpersonal skills that characterize a person’s relationships with other people. In the workplace, soft skills are considered to be a complement to hard skills, which refer to a person’s knowledge and occupational skills.

Soft skills encompass a person’s character traits and are a distinct part of an individual’s personality. Employers look for a balance of hard and soft skills when hiring. Soft skills include effective communication, teamwork, leadership, critical thinking, problem-solving, ability to follow instructions, negotiation skills, meeting deadlines, self-awareness, and empathy. 

The Undervalued Power of Soft Skills

According to LinkedIn’s 2019 Global Talent Trends report, 89 percent of recruiters say when a hire does not work out, it usually comes down to a lack of soft skills.

Soft Skills Shine in Hiring Trends

According to Monster’s 2022 Global Hiring Outlook, employers prioritize soft skills like dependability, teamwork, flexibility, and problem-solving in employees.

Navigate Soft Skills

There are a variety of resources available to help individuals navigate soft skills. The first step is awareness of what soft skills are and what you are strong and not so strong in. Want to develop your soft skills, check out some of these resources: