"That's something individuals can do today without any help from the government, and that's clean up their act," Burdette said. "And if they clean up their act, the probability they can find a job is certainly going to increase."
Burdette also wants to make sure people know they need training that they may not have needed in the past.
"Part of the message we've got to deliver is that the jobs that are coming - or the jobs even that are here - require skills that they didn't require a decade ago," Burdette said.
His favorite example is a sawmill he visited that uses computers, not just saws.
Diane Strong-Treister, the president of the local Manpower temporary employment agency, suggests an attitude adjustment about technical schools.
Right now, 'Oh, why didn't they go to college?' is too often the reaction parents of technical school students receive, she said. She said technical schools sometimes can provide better preparation for jobs in West Virginia than some four-year degrees.
Strong-Treister also sees another problem: lack of motivation because of long-term unemployment benefits.
"If people are on unemployment, or they just started unemployment, they oftentimes will want to ride that out for a while," Strong-Treister said.
Burdette said he is looking to continue to attract new businesses to the state and to also help expand existing businesses within the state.