It’s no secret that America has more workers than jobs. So why is it so hard to fill vacancies at your organization?
Problem: Too many of the 12.7 million out-of-work Americans don’t have the skills your organization needs, so they’re not good candidates. In fact, according to a CareerBuilder poll, nearly one-third of employers can’t find qualified candidates to fill their open jobs, up from 24% a year ago. More than half of U.S. employers are having trouble filling mission-critical positions, a ManpowerGroup report notes.
That means more than just unfilled jobs. When companies can’t recruit the specific talent they need, innovation and competitiveness suffer. Indeed, the undersupply of qualified talent now tops surveys of what worries CEOs most. (It used to be access to capital.)
It’s time to turn around the trend. Here are nine ways organizations are addressing the post-recession skills shortage: