Posted by Eric Peterson

Wednesday, April 25th,  Mike Kohler, Business Education Coordinator for the Larimer County Workforce Center, gave us an abbreviated, but interesting overview of Northern Colorado's employment market.  Noting that 50% of job requirements include post-secondary education, only 40% of applicants meet the requirement.  Today, only 16% of applicants have a college degree, yet 67% of the job posting require a degree.  He then encouraged employers to consider 'transferable skills', rather than demanding an exact match, suggesting job postings ask applicants to "Be able to demonstrate and prove skills...".  He also noted applicants challenges, including "soft skills" and 'work ethic'.  He also challenged leaders, noting that "Leadership is not about being in charge.  It is about taking charge of those in your care."