It was found by Herzberg that low salary makes people dissatisfied, but that paying them more does not necessarily satisfy or motivate them.” Manpower Inc.’s 2009 Talent Shortage Survey reported that 30% of employers worldwide had difficulty finding qualified candidates for open positions, citing a “lack of suitable talent” . Although, there are unemployed people allover the world, but also there is shortage of qualified people. Kaliprasad, (2006) said “Hundreds of thousands of jobs are currently unfilled in the United States.” In the other hand, Hundreds of thousands candidates cannot find a job. In my opinion, both companies and candidates are doing mistakes which led to such situation.
Companies Mistakes while hiring:
It is obvious that companies should look for talent, not the other way around. However, attracting qualified candidates is not easy. In order to attract talents, you should avoid Palmer, (2013) 7 mistakes as follow:
Holding out for the perfect candidate:
In areas such as skilled trades, where there is a significant labor shortage, companies that need to get work done today do not have the pool of available talent to pick from. If a candidate has eight out of ten skills required for the job, companies should strongly consider hiring them and teaching them the other two skill sets.
Having a slow decision making process regarding new hires:
Talent that is actively seeking a new career opportunity will, on average, get three job offers. A company that takes 2 to 3 weeks to make a job offer will lose candidates to competitors.
Using electronic tools and screening processes that eliminate qualified candidates:
Companies that rely on high-tech screening tools and multi-step screening process end up eliminating qualified candidates. Job seekers are not professional resume writers and rarely enlist the skills of professionals to help them craft a high-end resume that includes the key words found in search algorithms. Additionally, companies with multistep, automated reply screening processes turn off the job seeker, who often has multiple interview opportunities.
Believing that high unemployment numbers equal plenty of qualified candidates:
The reported unemployment numbers are for mass consumption and do not reflect sub-category accuracy for careers such as CNC machinist and other labor shortage categories. If there were plenty of unemployed machinists, there would not be 600,000 unfilled jobs currently in the U.S. (according to a report for the Manufacturing Institute).
Refusing to use outside sources, like recruiters and paid job boards:
A recent Linkedin survey we conducted showed that the average unmanned CNC machine costs a manufacturer a minimum of $75 per hour because of a lack of production and missed opportunity costs. That is $3,000 per shift, per week. The option of paying an outside resource such as a recruiting firm is not as costly as many manufacturers assume, compared with the lost revenue incurred with not having an employee.
Using cumbersome and lengthy help wanted job postings:
Job ads filled with company polices; EEOC complaint jargon and soft skill language do not resonate with many job seekers. Candidates who like to “get things done” are looking for job ads that are direct and to the point.
Implementing inflexible interview processes within organizations:
Most skilled and talented employees are currently employed. Because of this fact, they are unable to interview during the 9 to. 5 business day. They are able to interview before or after work or on weekends. Employers who are not willing to work with job seekers who are currently employed elsewhere are reducing their pool of available talent significantly and will lengthen the time a job remains open.
Candidates Mistakes, why I am not being hired?
Actually, you have two choices. Whether to look for a good job, or let the good job looks for you. If you prefer the second option, then let me explain to you the steps to let companies find you instead of trying to find them.
When was your last training session? We are living in a dynamic business world, it is moving too fast, you cannot just relay on your basic degree and expect companies to look after you, there are many candidates like you, why companies should select you anyway? Invest in yourself and get a master degree or new certificates. Keep learning and developing yourself, instead of spending too much time reading useless things in Facebook or any other social media, if you dedicate only one hour daily to learn something new, I promise you that within a very short time you will be in a better position.
Are you exists?
Strange question? I mean are you findable to companies if they search for your qualifications? Before answering my question, If you do not have a LinkedIn account with 500+ contacts, then my answer is no. Building a strong LinkedIn profile is not an option anymore if you are looking for a new job. Furthermore, building a strong network would help you finding good jobs, and would help companies to find you as well.
Work to learn, then work to earn:
Some candidates are living in the moon. They ask for a very high salary while they do not have any special talent to offer in return. If you are at the beginning of your career, or you did not develop a special set of qualifications yet, then you need to look for the company which gives you the opportunity to learn, regardless the salary they offer. When you have the experience then you can ask for the salary you want.
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