Global Skills-Jobs Gap

Today’s post is a reproduction, with permission, of The Herman Group newsletter. I found this information startling.  The other day we interviewed futurist, Edward Gordon, PhD, author of Future Jobs: Solving the Employment and Skills Crisis. Gordon shared a great deal of up-to-date information about the global gap between jobs employers need to fill and …

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Shortage of Workers or a Shortage of Willing Employers?

  We have been hearing for a while that the jobs situation has become one, not of a shortage of workers, but rather a shortage of skilled workers. Just today I was listening to the radio and heard an advertisement for a local electrical company that is in such need of workers they are willing …

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Skill Shortage? Stop Complaining and Do SOMETHING!

In a recent issue of the Atlanta Business Chronicle writer Randy Sutherland reported on a panel discussing the hiring situation in the Atlanta area. In a panel discussion called “Jobs of the Future” at the Atlanta SHRM conference the panelist talked about the fact that despite high unemployment there remain over 2000 high tech jobs …

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A Recruiting Scenario in the Near Future?

Based on some of the reading I have been doing I think this scenario may not be too far off in the future. This may be the future of talent acquisition and recruiting for some companies. The company is high tech and subsequently is experiencing the effects of the “talent shortage”. The talent acquisition pros in …

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Reputation Capital: Key to Hiring in the Future

The other day I bought a book on impulse (yes, an actual book … I am still “old school” in that regard.” The book is The 2020 Workplace by Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd and I am very happy I picked it up. It is very interesting so far and I predict it will …

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Alternative Careers to HR: Ever Thought About Being a Welder?

In a study published by Manpower, Inc. on August 25th they concluded that a lack of skilled workers, such as electricians, carpenters and welders, threatens the global economic recovery. According to the report “Employers in six of the world’s 10 biggest economies ranked skilled trades as their No. 1 or No. 2 hiring challenge.” The report indicates …

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Older Workers: A Follow Up and Opportunity

A blog from a couple days ago discussed an article about older workers (See February 12th). Just this morning I read an article written by Joyce Gioia-Herman in the Herman Trend Alert entitled Older Workers in Greater Demand. (You can subscribe to the Trend Alert by clicking here.) The material in this newsletter reinforced much …

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Education and the Talent Shortage

Kiplinger.com published an article entitled “Employers Seek to Improve Education” in which they discuss something that HR managers have been aware of for quite awhile now and that is the U.S. educational system is just not making the grade. Businesses are suffering and are not able to hire the talent needed to effectively compete in …

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In Search of Excellence Turns 25

Almost 25 years ago managment guru Tom Peters published In Search of Excellence. This was a groundbreaking book and continues to be an important addition to anyone’s business book library. I think I will reread to book to mark the occasion. However, noting the day is not the sole purpose of this blog. In a …

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Are You Ready for Gen X Managers?

An article in Chief Learning Officer describes research that shows there is a distinct skills gap between retiring Baby Boomer managers and the incoming Gen X managers. “New research by Personnel Decisions International (PDI) shows companies face a substantial employee skills shift, as 22.5 million baby boomers are on schedule to retire during the next …

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