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Workforce Essentials: Sharpening Soft Skills = Better Hires

February 27th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The following is an excerpt from an news article from The Dispatch about growing the construction workforce in Mississippi:

“At least one of Lu McCrary's interviews Wednesday did not go well.

“He fist-bumped the interviewer rather than shaking her hand, wore a backward baseball cap and sunglasses, told the interviewer he was ‘taking a break from life’ and offered to show her his tattoos.”

Sound familiar? Many NEW Construction Alliance members have either heard of such moments or experienced them firsthand. Thankfully, in this case, everything is not as it seems. As the great Paul Harvey would say, “and now...the rest of the story.”

The article then revealed: “Luckily it was a mock interview with his wife Katie McCrary--with whom he owns McCrary West Construction--put on for area high school students from both Lowndes County and Columbus Municipal school districts at LCSD's Career and Technical Center. It was the first day of the two-day Soft Skills University for the students, and the McCrarys wanted to show them examples of job interviews that went well and interviews that did not.”

In northeast Wisconsin, we have Alliance member the Transportation Alliance for New Solutions (TrANS)—a program of the Forward Service Corporation—that has been providing much-needed soft skills training for more than a decade. And you can experience the fruits of their efforts...and maybe a little bit of eggs and bacon too...by attending their upcoming Annual TrANS Contractors’ Breakfast.

NEW Construction Alliance members are invited to attend, where you’ll have the chance to learn about the program and interview some of its graduates as part of the program. Space is limited, so RSVP soon! You can read the rest of the article here.

WHAT: Annual TrANS Contractors’ Breakfast
WHEN: Thursday, March 26, 2020 7:30am–1:00pm
WHERE: Kroc Center 1315 LIME KILN ROAD GREEN BAY, WI 54311
COST: No cost for Alliance Members
RSVP: Ranard Morris (920) 940-6061 or rmorris@fsc-corp.org

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