Why you can’t get that job you want
|June 6, 2012||Posted by admin under DECODE - Assess/Plan|
Attention is finally focusing on how fickle employers are contributing to unemployment.
The latest hiring numbers made markets skitter and economists gloomy. Yet this time, attention also focused on commitment-phobe employers, who can’t seem to bridge the gulf between unemployed workers and job vacancies. The growing consensus—which won’t surprise frustrated job seekers—is that fickle companies in a surplus labor market are demanding perfect candidates without paying market wages or investing in training. Worse, some discriminate against the unemployed, figuring if they’re not taken, they must be tainted goods. And because employees are taking their sweet time sifting through so many potential suitors, they’re piling the workload on existing staffers, who are often ready for a breakup. (Update: Or they max out in productivity.)
It’s not me, it’s you. Dismal hiring numbers stem from plenty of sound reasons, among them fears of a Euro-thrashed market and uncertainty in an election year. Yet the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics counted about 3.7 million job openings in March—still below the 4.4 million jobs posted when the recession began, but “up significantly from a year earlier.” Plus, those vacancies have been piling up since mid-2009. The reason? The supposed skills shortage of our shiftless, undereducated, out-of-touch American workforce.