HR staffs, recruiters overlook qualified job seekers
By Paul Davidson
Is it a skills gap — or a communications gap — that's contributing to sluggish job growth?
Despite the 8.2% unemployment rate, many businesses have struggled to find qualified candidates for an abundance of high-skill jobs in technology, engineering, health care and other fields. That, along with a hesitancy by firms to add jobs amid global economic uncertainty, keeps unemployment high.
Yet a Beyond.com survey backs the view that poor communication often prevents human resource officials from identifying viable candidates.
Job descriptions are often too vague or too specific, and HR staffers may rule out qualified applicants because they don't understand what hiring managers want, says Rich Milgram, CEO of Beyond.com, a job search web site. "There's a gap in posting and relaying the information," he says, citing his conversations with employers.
For example, he says, recruiters miss nuances, seeking for example an accountant who's proficient at bookkeeping instead of deeper analysis. Others mistakenly assume a candidate must have all the numerous skills listed by a hiring manager.
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