• http://bonus.ly/ Raphael, CEO of Bonusly

    “No matter how book-smart or techno-savvy young workers are, if they don’t possess and demonstrate the soft skills employers demand (reliability, integrity, a positive attitude, initiative, etc.), they are going to get passed over like an onion in a candy dish.” I see failure on companies’ side of the coin, too.

    Younger workers may appear like poor hiring choices only because managers don’t have the programs in place to keep them engaged and motivated. Younger workers do have valuable skills — they are tech-cultured and quick-minded. As long as they are nurtured in an environment that enables them to grow — one with consistent feedback, meaningful recognition, and positive peer relationships — they would thrive in many positions companies think they can’t find “qualified” people to fill. http://bit.ly/1unb3jj

  • Zach Irwin

    Employers are creating most of this problem, and have been contributing to its growth fro 2-3 decades now. It walks hand in hand with making workforces more “lean”, which is to say creating job descriptions that encompass what used to be two, separate, lower skill positions.

    It is little wonder that youth unemployment has continually climbed, there are no longer any jobs that allow for unskilled labor to learn how to function in the workforce. It has little to do with “soft skills” and more to do with increasingly unrealistic demands for people who don’t exist in the labor market (purple squirrels). Especially when even unskilled positions have experience requirements (so employers don’t have to spend on training or development).

    Even high skill / high education positions go unfilled due to this exact same dynamic: long-time incumbent leaves position (which is actually more than one job, historically, due to investment in the employee and reliance on their increasing skill set). Employer posts job title assuming other candidates will have followed a similar path and/or their competitors were doing the exact same thing.

    Wrong. Employers are either going to have to bite the bullet and start increasing wages to snag talent from competitors, or start re-evaluating the structure of the jobs they are intending to fill.

  • Rick Yvanovich

    Great article Chester. It echoes the sentiments we repeatedly see in multiple roundtables with both the Education sector and the C-Level hirers from employers. There remains to be a gap that appears to be widening between what Education is producing and what Employers want. In certain countries where the Education focus is heavily geared to the hard skills the gap is even wider.