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Workforce Readiness


    In 2015 we worked with the Performance Skills Coalition to create a toolkit and guidelines for soft skills development to be used by human resources and training and development professionals. We're excited to announce the 2016 Soft Skills Starter Kit & Guide is here!

    In 2014, the Washington State Human Resources Council conducted a statewide member survey to find out employer opinions regarding soft skills in the workplace. The survey was undertaken with the intent to discover common threads in how organizations define this term, whether and how soft skills are valued, means of assessment, training and development methods, and their effect on overall business performance. The goal is that the findings from this survey will assist businesses in developing effective workplace strategies for increasing soft skills in the workplace.

    Download the SUMMARY OF FINDINGS report here!

    For information on how to participate in this initiative, please contact Linda Rider, Workforce Readiness Director at:



    The Washington State Human Resources Council won the SHRM Pinnacle Award in 2013 for its statewide initiative to help returning Vets transition back into employment. Through a collaboration with the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Conservation Corps/Vet Corps Washington State Chapters partnered with their local Vet Corp Representatives to create workforce readiness resources and employment opportunities.

    Individual SHRM chapters throughout the state have actively continued efforts to help Veterans transition back to the workplace.



    The Importance of Soft Skills In Entry-Level Employment and Postsecondary Success

    Veterans Workforce Investment Program (VWIP) Information

    Vet Corps - Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

    Internship Programs at the Veterans' Administration