By Debra Auerbach
If you're a job seeker, you know how competitive it can be when you're trying to land a job. So it might be surprising to you that some employers are having a tough time finding the right people to fill open positions. In fact, 35 percent of hiring managers currently have positions that have remained unfilled for 12 weeks or longer, according to new research by CareerBuilder. That's because certain occupations often require workers with specialized skills, and there aren't enough workers with those skills to fill the gaps in employment.
"Although the recession created an abundant pool of readily-available, unemployed talent that still exists today, employers are struggling to find new employees for technology-related occupations, sales, health care and a variety of other areas," says Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America. "Two in five employers (41 percent) reported that they continuously recruit throughout the year so that they have candidates in their pipeline in case a position opens up down the road."