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A skill is a learned or natural ability to accomplish a particular task.

There is a difference between occupational and employability skills. Occupational skills are a set of knowledge and skills that employees need for a specific job or occupation. Employability skills or workplace skills prepare individuals for any job.

What Employers Are Really Looking For

Recent interviews of Minnesota employers reveal specific qualities most wanted in employees. Also, find out why skills are important, and how to gain or improve your skills.

Occupational Skills

Explore the knowledge and skills needed for a specific career and industry.

Employability Skills

Employability skills make the difference between who can do the job and who gets (and keeps) the job.

Skills Resources

Locate resources for job seekers, students, and career advisors. Discover fun ways to identify your skills.