• North Carolina recognizes Six Essential Employability Skills that potential employees should possess to be successful in the workplace. 

    The six skills are:

    • Communication 
    • Ethics
    • Problem Solving
    • Professionalism 
    • Resource Management 
    • Teamwork

    Students should begin to perfect these skills while in high school to prepare themselves for a career-ready job/position.  Listed below are the demonstrated expectations for each employability skill and what level of competency a student is expected to possess.


    Career-ready individuals communicate in the workplace with clarity and purpose to effectively share their opinions, ideas, and action plans, whether using written, verbal, and/or visual methods. They are skilled at networking and interacting with others; they are active listeners and speak clearly. 

    • Accurate exchange of information and ideas
    • Giving constructive feedback
    • identify audience needs & prepare for the desired outcome
    • Practice active listening
    • Write and speak effectively and clearly 


    Career-ready individuals consistently act in ways that align to personal and community-held ideals and principles while employing strategies to positively influence their communities and the impact of their business/action on the world around them. They demonstrate a clear understanding of integrity, work ethic, and act on these understandings in decision making. 

    • Honesty, integrity, fairness & respect in communications, and personal behavior
    • Honesty, integrity, fairness & respect in communications in decision making
    • Demonstrate the Golden Rule 
    • Do the Right Thing

    Problem Solving:

    Career-ready individuals recognize challenges, understand the nature of the challenge, and devise effective plans to solve the challenge.  They thoughtfully investigate the root cause of the challenge and carefully consider options to solve the challenge that is useful and productive to improve their organization prior to introducing solutions. 

    • Consider options to solve the challenge
    • Ability to identify potential challenges & causes (effects)
    • Ability to acquire, organize, manage, & interpret information & effects of various options
    • Thoughtfully investigate causes of challenges


    Career-ready professional individuals take personal ownership of their own educational and career goals, they take responsibility for their behavior and work effectively and productively with others. They demonstrate self-advocacy and high-quality work standards while maintaining a positive attitude in the workplace. These employees motivate others in the workplace. They are viewed as enthusiastic, known to provide good customer service, communicate appropriately, resolve interpersonal conflicts effectively and appear to have a work/life balance.

    • Demonstrate punctuality, reliability and follow-through on commitments
    • Ability to effectively manage work/life balance
    • Responsibility for behavior and work
    • Self-motivation, self advocacy, and high quality work standards
    • Understands policy and procedures
    • Maintains a positive attitude and enthusiasm
    • Receives constructive feedback
    • Resolve conflict peacefully

    Resource Management:

    Career-ready individuals know how to effectively and efficiently manage such resources as time, money, information, technology, human capital and the environment.  They effectively manage time and resources using a reliable research process.  They use an informed process to test new ideas, information and practices in their workplace situation. 

    • Ability to break down projects into tasks and timelines
    • Effectively managing time and resources 
    • Plan and facilitate effective meetings and workplans
    • Understanding reliable and valid information
    • Anticipate and plan for possible obstacles and setbacks


    Career-ready individuals know how to work well and effectively with others. They contribute their own ideas, yet also work cooperatively with others in group decision-making, while respecting differing opinions, customs, and individual preferences to create and develop projects, plans and solutions. The ability to work as part of a team is one of the most important skills in today's job market. 

    • Respect and support team members
    • Seek ways to increase team member's contributions
    • Value and appreciate diversity in teams
    • Ability to contribute ideas
    • Respect differing opinions and flexibility
    • Work collaboratively and cooperatively with others
Last Modified on September 1, 2023