Twenty-Eight Percent of Job Seekers Feel Confident in Basic Reading, Writing, Math and Computer Skills

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WOODCLIFF LAKE, NEW JERSEY, February 26, 2014  – Sixty-three percent of job seekers feel they need to improve either basic writing, math or computer skills according to an online survey by talent mobility consulting firm Lee Hecht Harrison.


Poor writing wastes time, leads to mistakes and hinders productivity.

Greg Simpson SVP & Career Transition Practice Leader


In January 2014 Lee Hecht Harrison surveyed 472 job seekers throughout the US via an online poll asking, “Studies show that many Americans lack basic reading, writing, math and computer skills needed to fill open positions. For you, which basic skill most needs improvement?” The results were as follows:

Writing 24% 
Math 20%
Computer 19%
Reading 4%
None 28%
All 5%

Greg Simpson, Senior Vice President, Career Transition Practice Leader for Lee Hecht Harrison, stated, “Unfortunately, only 28% of job seekers feel confident in the basic skills they bring to the table.  In today’s competitive job market, no one can risk complacency. It’s essential to follow a continuous path of learning and skill development that goes beyond these basic skills to ensure you remain desirable as a prospective employee.”

The ability to communicate effectively in writing is often cited as one of the skills most lacking in today’s workforce. “This poses a threat to businesses. Poor writing wastes time, leads to mistakes and hinders productivity,” said Simpson. He cautions, “Neglect writing skills and job applicants will find themselves at a serious disadvantage as more and more organizations assess for this skill during the interview process, often tossing poorly written applications immediately.”

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