Employers in the Southwest Missouri/Joplin region often site soft skills as the largest gap that prevents applicants from landing and staying on the job. A new online video learning series from the U.S. Department of Labor is helpful for both youth and adult job seekers alike. Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success videos focus on six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism. The videos are posted below and can be accessed directly from YouTube. Workbooks for the modules may be downloaded online as well.