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600,000 manufacturing jobs go unfilled due to applicants lack of 'soft skills'
American Thinker ^ | 10/01/2012 | Rick Moran

Posted on 10/01/2012 8:32:58 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

It isn't just high tech positions in American manufacturing that aren't being filled. The consultant company Deloitte surveyed the industry and found 600,000 perfectly good jobs going unfilled because of a lack of "soft skills."

What are soft skills?

Wall Street Journal:

At a recent dinner in Washington, D.C., with representatives from major American manufacturing companies, I listened as the talk turned to how hard it is to find qualified applicants for jobs.

"What exactly are the skills you can't find?" I asked, imagining that openings for high-tech positions went begging because, as we hear so often, the training of the U.S. workforce doesn't match up well with current corporate needs.

One of the representatives looked sheepishly around the room and responded: "To be perfectly honest . . . we have a hard time finding people who can pass the drug test." Several other reps gave a knowing nod. Applicants were often so underqualified, they said, that simply finding someone who could properly answer the telephone was sometimes a challenge.

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American manufacturing has become more advanced, we're told, and requires computer aptitude, intricate problem solving, and greater dexterity with complex tasks. Surely if Americans were getting STEM education, they would have the skills they need to get jobs in our modern, high-tech economy.

But considerable evidence suggests that many employers would be happy just to find job applicants who have the sort of "soft" skills that used to be almost taken for granted. In the Manpower Group's 2012 Talent Shortage Survey, nearly 20% of employers cited a lack of soft skills as a key reason they couldn't hire needed employees. "Interpersonal skills and enthusiasm/motivation" were among the most commonly identified soft skills that employers found lacking.

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Employers also mention a lack of elementary command of the English language. A survey in April of human-resources professionals conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management and the AARP compared the skills gap between older workers who were nearing retirement and younger workers coming into the labor pool. More than half of the organizations surveyed reported that simple grammar and spelling were the top "basic" skills among older workers that are not readily present among younger workers.
1 posted on 10/01/2012 8:33:03 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
But... but... but... I have a PHD in Humanities and Women's Studies.

LLS

2 posted on 10/01/2012 8:35:00 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("if it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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To: SeekAndFind

They can’t find people who will work for wages below the welfare level.


3 posted on 10/01/2012 8:35:04 AM PDT by DManA
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To: SeekAndFind

If cheap illegals or h1b workers apply, I’m sure these shortcomings will be overlooked.


4 posted on 10/01/2012 8:37:09 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not to worry .... the kids are all getting fruits, vegetables, and a minimum number of calories in school now ... everything will be fine.


5 posted on 10/01/2012 8:37:24 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: SeekAndFind
"American manufacturing has become more advanced, we're told, and requires computer aptitude, intricate problem solving, and greater dexterity with complex tasks."

These tasks are far easier than handling the complex machinery and assembly line tasks commonly associated with manufacturing in the past.

6 posted on 10/01/2012 8:38:31 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: SeekAndFind
They didn't want to inhibit the creative child... grammar and spelling were set aside....

I saw my grandaughters paper on the wall in the hall...3rd grade...every damn paper had mispelled words and awful grammar...and there wasn't a red mark on any paper...just smile faces from the teacher.

I had to teach my grandchild how to make change, too and do multiplication tables.

7 posted on 10/01/2012 8:38:58 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: LibLieSlayer

Over qualified for anything below cabinet level position or a top adviser.


8 posted on 10/01/2012 8:38:58 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: SeekAndFind

You mean texting, MP3 operations, video game high scoring and Facebook page design are not skills?...........


9 posted on 10/01/2012 8:39:15 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: SeekAndFind

“..that simply finding someone who could properly answer the telephone was sometimes a challenge.”

And the teachers unions want more pay.


10 posted on 10/01/2012 8:39:15 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (I'm starting a business. Who's going to build it for me?)
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To: SeekAndFind
Interpersonal skills and enthusiasm/motivation

The full effect of throwing all values out the window is upon us. 40 years of being force fed a bunch of crap from media and popular culture about how your life's goal should be to "stick it to the Man" and "find yourself" is now playing itself out in our workforce. No need to be polite. No need to have a work ethic. No need to respect your boss. When you hear constructive criticism, your reaction should be to tell everyone why the criticism is illegitimate based on racism or sexism or some other persecution, not accept the criticism and change.

11 posted on 10/01/2012 8:41:34 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: SeekAndFind

I can easily tell you what soft skills are missing.

1. They cannot show up on time.
2. They do not give a days work for a days pay.
3. They do not know that lunch hour is an hour.
4. They call in sick any time they don’t feel like working.
5. If they are hired to stock shelves they are insulted if you ask them to clean a toilet.


12 posted on 10/01/2012 8:41:42 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: SeekAndFind

The grandfathers of this generation of managers felt they needed to pay a certain level of wages PLUS good benefits to find the workers they needed. For some reason this generation of managers feel entitled to have these workers provided to them on a platter at a discounted cost.


13 posted on 10/01/2012 8:41:50 AM PDT by DManA
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To: SeekAndFind

As long as the government schools keep turning out people stupid enough to vote Democrat, job skills are irrelevant.


14 posted on 10/01/2012 8:44:55 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: SeekAndFind

By “soft skills” they mean:

- No “Union Shop” mentality (assign and promote based on seniority not merit, rigid inflexible work rules, constant yelping about every little change, etc.)

- No “Survivor” Contestants (people who like to play games to kneecap their coworkers and send them off the island while competing for raises, promotions, etc.

- Some basic level of Customer Service (don’t get irritated/blame the customer if they have an issue)

- A “Do What it Takes” mentality (be willing to come in early work late, do whatever to make the enterprise a success).

- Keep productivity a priority (i.e. force “how much paid vacation do I get?” and “how many paid sick days?” much further down in priority)

A lot of the current workforce does fall way, way short on all those measures.


15 posted on 10/01/2012 8:45:03 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

And when they do find this golden unicorn who matches all their elevated expectations they don’t see it worth their while to do anything to keep that gem. They get tossed away along with the sweepings first chance they get.


16 posted on 10/01/2012 8:45:35 AM PDT by DManA
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To: SeekAndFind
The public school system is teaching children that all they need is the proper paper to show employers and the world will fall at their feet. The two other requirements, discipline and motivation are being left out of the equation.
17 posted on 10/01/2012 8:45:58 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Ain’t it the truth.

LLS


18 posted on 10/01/2012 8:46:25 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("if it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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To: Rennes Templar

I wish it was just the teachers but parents should be aware that their kids are morons.

I was rotating the tires on the truck at 12 and out in the woods cutting firewood at 14.


19 posted on 10/01/2012 8:47:14 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: DManA

Well, benefits have now become a government trap with an unlimited potential cost liability. The logical path is for companies to offer higher salaries in exchange for the employees seeking out group benefits from private providers - but the government doesn’t like that idea one bit because it shoves the camel’s nose back out of the tent. :)


20 posted on 10/01/2012 8:47:53 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s what “apprenticeships” are for. The most experienced pass their knowledge down to the next generation as the most experienced prepare for retirement. Everybody starts somewhere, and it’s usually at the bottom. Lacking “soft skills” is code for the female HR rep taking an instant dislike to you at the interview, for whatever emotional reason that rules at the moment.


21 posted on 10/01/2012 8:48:18 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

You just have to use the right drugs
Alcohol and benzos are accepted drugs


22 posted on 10/01/2012 8:48:55 AM PDT by winodog
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To: SeekAndFind

When I was driving to work today, I drove past the entrance to the university. There was a sign there that said “Diversity Job Fair”. That explains it all. When you exclude the white males from your work force in a nation where the majority of the working age adults are white males, you are going to have a problem filling positions.

Then, when you tell the “diversity” hires that they are destined for management in the interests of fairness, you compound the problem.

In today’s America, “Work is for suckas” because you are either climbing the ladder on your diversity qualifications or you are shut out for the sins of your great-grandfathers.


23 posted on 10/01/2012 8:48:59 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Venturer

You forgot initiative. As in if you don’t specifically give them a task they will stand around and do nothing rather than look for something to do.

And don’t let them know that they are stealing if they take a 16 minute break rather then the 15 minutes allotted. Who cares if everything shuts down because they took to much time.


24 posted on 10/01/2012 8:49:09 AM PDT by jimpick
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To: SeekAndFind

Add to that the fact that many who are looking for that first job out of college think that entry level jobs are beneath them. They fully expect to be offered mid-level management postions. How else can they pay off their huge student loans??

“I don’t have skills, but I got bills, man.”


25 posted on 10/01/2012 8:49:31 AM PDT by Donkey Odious
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To: SeekAndFind
simply finding someone who could properly answer the telephone was sometimes a challenge

Yo yo, dawg. I'z on break. Blank this, I ain'ts got time fo' youse.

26 posted on 10/01/2012 8:49:40 AM PDT by bgill
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To: factoryrat

We need less college and more trade schools and apprenticeships.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2650612/posts


27 posted on 10/01/2012 8:50:04 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: DManA

It is not only the low skill people that are not getting paid worth a damn, but higher skilled people too....

it is an employers market right now, and if you don’t want to take a 25% pay cut, we will just hire someone else..

This has happened before ( twice in my lifetime )..

The problem these newbie managers do not see is that the pendulum always swings back the other way..

loyalty pays off in the longrun..


28 posted on 10/01/2012 8:50:14 AM PDT by joe fonebone (The clueless... they walk among us, and they vote...)
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To: Mrs. B.S. Roberts

I luv our kids. As I’ve said before, they will be leaders among their peers. Especially since their peers are lacking the skills our kids take for granted....and employers are longing to see in applicants.


29 posted on 10/01/2012 8:50:14 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The sad fact is that even if every one of the 600,000 workers could be found and hired TODAY, there would still be FEWER people working today than the day O’Bumbler was inaugurated.
30 posted on 10/01/2012 8:50:37 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wotchu mean I ain’t got dem “soft skilz”? Watch yo mouf, m-fkr.


31 posted on 10/01/2012 8:50:37 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: joe fonebone

It has NEVER been easy to get good employees. Where does this bizarre idea that industries are entitled to them come from? Why would they think it is governments’ duty to supply them?


32 posted on 10/01/2012 8:54:23 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Venturer

“I can easily tell you what soft skills are missing.

1. They cannot show up on time.
2. They do not give a days work for a days pay.
3. They do not know that lunch hour is an hour.
4. They call in sick any time they don’t feel like working.
5. If they are hired to stock shelves they are insulted if you ask them to clean a toilet.”

Absolutely right!!!

Add “not insurable on auto insurance policy to the list”. Lots of DUI’s and suspended licenses due to the number of infractions or child support.


33 posted on 10/01/2012 8:56:12 AM PDT by No Socialist
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To: cripplecreek

I was rotating the tires on the truck at 12 and out in the woods cutting firewood at 14.


Todays kids would be rotating the firewood and cutting the tires...............................


34 posted on 10/01/2012 8:57:30 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( (Lord, save me from some conservatives, they don't understand history any better than liberals.))
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To: SeekAndFind

Was discussing something along these lines with my family over the weekend.

I really think schools (and parents) need to step back from the “everyone must go to college/be academic” meme. There is nothing wrong or shameful about heading down the tech-school or secretarial skills track. Plumbing, electrical, HVAC, mechanics, receptionists, even so called “menial” jobs are out there, needing to be filled and they’re not just for so-called “dummies”.

They used to “track” kids when I was in school, and by high school some of them were encouraged (not forced) to take tech courses and pass up on the higher maths and sciences. I guess that’s not “PC” these days.


35 posted on 10/01/2012 8:58:45 AM PDT by twyn1
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To: No Socialist

A friend told me one problem he had was that a lot of people he hired had their wages garnished for one reason or another and it cost him extra to to pay the garnishment, and keep accurate records of it.


36 posted on 10/01/2012 9:00:53 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: cripplecreek

was that before or after hiking to school in a blizzard in 2 ft foot deep snow?


37 posted on 10/01/2012 9:04:32 AM PDT by RitchieAprile (my French needs no pardoning..)
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To: SeekAndFind
They didn't want to inhibit the creative child... grammar and spelling were set aside....

We were told it was to foster "creativity." More and more I think it was to eliminate the idea of form and logic in favor of chaos and to eliminate the notion that there is right or wrong. Sadly, we now have two generations of this free-spirited attitude. Many teachers today cannot correct their students' spelling and grammar because they don't know proper English themselves. They have degrees in "Education," not in the subjects they teach. And to think high school students once studied Latin, Greek, logic, and rhetoric.

bt nw they cn txt on thr "smartphones" so its all gd

38 posted on 10/01/2012 9:05:21 AM PDT by informavoracious (Abortions are unproductive wrongs, not reproductive rights.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I would make a great employee. I was until recently. Having a little trouble at the moment. It appears that I lack diversity.


39 posted on 10/01/2012 9:06:38 AM PDT by The Toll
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To: SeekAndFind

“”Interpersonal skills and enthusiasm/motivation””

Meaning, heppy to be working for liberals, be a liberal, and be excited to work for low pay at a crap job.


40 posted on 10/01/2012 9:06:55 AM PDT by CodeToad (Padmé: "So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.")
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To: twyn1

At my 30 year HS reunion (some time back, unfortunately), a number of the most successful people there had not graduated from college.

Realizing of course that for the most part B’s and C’s in 1969 suggest a whole lot more learned than A’s do today.


41 posted on 10/01/2012 9:08:05 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: LibLieSlayer
But... but... but... I have a PHD in Humanities and Women's Studies.

Well there's the problem, what's needed now are degrees in Trans Gender Social Justice, and Climate Change Prescience.

42 posted on 10/01/2012 9:08:46 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Venturer

“A friend told me one problem he had was that a lot of people he hired had their wages garnished for one reason or another and it cost him extra to to pay the garnishment, and keep accurate records of it”

Our payroll company charges a few dollars a week and we pass the cost onto the employee. Many employees with garnishments have so much taken out of their check for child support that they quit after a short time because it’s not worth it for them to work. Of course they always think we should pay them more, but by the time taxes and garnishment are deducted, I don’t know how they live. Definitely cheaper to stay be your babies momma.


43 posted on 10/01/2012 9:09:52 AM PDT by No Socialist
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To: DManA

Dead on. Companies treat employees as hired slave labor to be tossed aside at any moment but expect total personal commitment. It’s the MBA mentality to treat employees as “Human Resources” but then get pissed if those humans only act like resources.


44 posted on 10/01/2012 9:10:22 AM PDT by CodeToad (Padmé: "So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.")
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I’d give you all those except the fourth one. I’m not the only child of the Eighties to see what company loyalty got my parents. If a company wants me to work masses of overtime so I can do the jobs of three people, they darn well better have advertised the position as such, and compensate commensurately....


45 posted on 10/01/2012 9:10:42 AM PDT by Eepsy
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To: DManA

True story here..

I was working, making decent money, and wanted to work for another company..

I went through 5 or 6 interviews with the owner of this company, and he told me I fit what he was looking for..

He asked me how much I wanted to be paid.. I told him just slightly more than I was currently making..

At the time I had 7 years experience in my field at the time..

He looked me square in the face and said “ I would never pay someone without a bachelors degree that much” and proceeded to offer me 10K less than I was currently making.

I stood up, looked him square in the face and said “ So, you want me to take a pay cut for the priveledge of working for you? You have done nothing but waste my time. Good day.”

This guy went apeshit!!! started screaming and yelling, cussing and swearing at me.

I walked out with a smile on my face.

Less than a year later, his company was out of business.

Gee, I wonder why?


46 posted on 10/01/2012 9:11:41 AM PDT by joe fonebone (The clueless... they walk among us, and they vote...)
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To: SeekAndFind
Even if everyone have PhD's someone still has to sweep the streets.
Look inside an old fashioned clock, you see big cogs and little cogs but no unimportant cogs.
The problem is that everyone want to be big cogs, but with the fake self esteem boost kids get nowadays, they think they already are.

47 posted on 10/01/2012 9:12:03 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: SeekAndFind; Cringing Negativism Network
"...finding someone who could properly answer the telephone was sometimes a challenge...requires computer aptitude,...'soft' skills that used to be almost taken for granted...employers cited a lack of soft skills...'Interpersonal skills and enthusiasm/motivation.'"

So the social folks running American-"based" "industrials" on foreign soil wouldn't tell the truth and couldn't find enough educated sociopaths after their own evil hearts. The author obfuscated even further.

I've done the actual work of manufacturing and could teach monkeys to do it. Manufacturing is no place for globalist hags educated by women's studies instructors. That piece is a pileup. Our nation's bipartisan leadership is morally bankrupt, and the economic consequences are coming.


48 posted on 10/01/2012 9:12:14 AM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: SeekAndFind
This is non-sense. Young people today want 'Green Jobs'.
What are 'Green Jobs'?
Answer = Growing and selling pot.
49 posted on 10/01/2012 9:12:43 AM PDT by goron (Let's get this done!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
I agree, the problem is that as we continue to have fewer and fewer qualified employees, we have fewer and fewer companies in our country and thus fewer and fewer opportunities to get ahead.

We all need a growing and expanding economy and skills set in order to prosper. As companies leave and DO NOT START. Our entire country slowly and inexorably slips further and further towards third World status.

50 posted on 10/01/2012 9:14:46 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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