The Stigma of Recession:
"The failure to match willing employers with appropriate workers is contributing to a jobless rate that has stalled around 9 percent or higher since April 2009 and is keeping the unemployed on the sidelines for longer. The rate was 9.1 percent in July, when payrolls rose by 117,000 workers after an increase of 46,000 a month earlier, the Labor Department said Aug. 5." (Ref. Bloomberg.com Article "Employers REady to Hire ..., By Vivien Lou Chen and Jillian Berman -
Why do Employers cannot find workers at 9.1 Percent of Unemployment?
On August 13th, 2011, Juntee Terrenal, MA, GMS - provided his insights (see below) to a similar question that was run at LinkedIn's Staffing Discussion Group, posted by Marjorie Liles PHR, a colleague in Human
"Agree with Valentino's inputs 100% (please go to LinkedIn and read the details).
One 'stigma' that employer's representative demonstrate is their inability to look through beyond resume. These people who are looking for specific resume formatting were not trained to pre-screen candidates who has the qualifications. On the other hand, many job seekers cannot afford to pay the cost of Resume Writing (an industry that always find its way in demand during the recession). The point is, resume review is not the only technique in finding the right person who will do the job. A conversation and discussion is a great option in exploring the competencies of people in performing particular job.
My observations, there are so many sloppy descriptions of jobs that do not demonstrate the realities of the functions. You can see that these were copied somewhere else in the internet as you read through the language and match to the company background and business.
Employers do not provide On-the-Job-Training:"It is not hard for employer to provide an on-the-job training /orientation for people who are new into the industry. One of the problem that I have seen in many organizations - there are many individuals who don't have the ability to 'mentor new colleagues or they do not like to participate in this cross-training / mentoring newbees because of their fear of being eliminated. It is a self protection of their own comfort zone." The realities are ... when you provide a space ~ people are creative in learning new information and process. They will use their experiences and educational background to navigate their ways through adaptation in a new location. New environments are another segment of life where to use previous learnings.
More successful organizations demonstrate their initiatives and creativity in pooling talents and invest on their abilities. The bottom line, when employers say they cannot find talents from 9+% of unemployed, it is an excuse. There are many individuals around who may qualify to work the job that are being advertised. It is a matter of strategic approach and mindset among talent acquisition people and hiring managers in utilizing available resources of skills. Instead of using the usual 'assembly line mentality approach' in matching jobs and people."
A Follow up discussion on August 18th 2011:
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