Why You're Not Getting That Job
Even though there isn't an overwhelming abundance of jobs out there now, and you hear stories of hundreds applying for every position, a new survey says that one in three employers report difficulty filling them.
They say that it's predominantly due to a lack of available talent. In other words, there are plenty of jobs for the qualified, but most of us don't have the right qualifications to get them -- or at least it doesn't seem that way to employers.
Ninety percent of employers who participated in the Manpower survey cite a lack of necessary skills and experience, insufficient qualifications, or a lack of soft skills. In case you were wondering, are people skills -- things like social grace, the ability to communicate and the like.
"As the chaos and complexity of the post-recession era have irrevocably changed the way the world works, employers can no longer solely rely on a 'just in time' approach to hiring, expecting 'on-demand' talent to be available wherever and whenever they need it," said Jeffrey A. Joerres, ManpowerGroup chairman and CEO. "It would be unthinkable for a company to plot its growth strategy without identifying a sustainable supply of raw materials, so employers must ensure they have the talent in place to support their business goals."
But it's not all our fault that we don't seem qualified, Manpower suggests that although employers are clear in their minds about the skills they need, job descriptions often do not accurately reflect what they are actually looking for in a candidate.
"Companies' inability to fill mission-critical roles because of a lack of skills and experience should serve as a wake-up call for businesses, education, governments and individuals," added Joerres.
The hardest jobs to fill globally are those of technicians, sales representatives and skilled trade workers, says ManpowerGroup's survey of almost 40,000 employers across 39 countries and territories. But openings for engineers, laborers, management/executives, accounting and finance staff, and IT staff also rank high on the list.
If you're qualified and experienced in any of those areas and are still having a tough time landing a job, you might want to take a look at your soft skills. Are you good with people? Do you communicate well? Do you come across as organized and efficient? You might be shortchanging yourself by not promoting these assets as well as you're other, more quantifiable skills.
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