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Could It Be That Employers Don't Know How to Look for Good Talent?

In Wharton management professor Peter Cappelli's most recent book - Why Good People Can't Get Jobs: The Skills Gap and What Companies Can Do About It - he debunks the oft-repeated argument from employers that applicants don't have the skills needed for today's jobs. Instead, he puts much of the blame on companies themselves, including their lack of information about hiring and training costs, and on computerized applicant tracking systems that can make it harder, not easier, to find qualified job candidates.

Even though companies have a big pool of job applicants to choose from and, therefore, can be much more selective in hiring, they still still claim that they can't find candidates with the requisite skills. Cappelli says, "I think it's important to remember that employers control everything about the process. They define the job, they create the requirements for the job, then they decide how the word gets out to people, recruiting-wise. They set the rate of pay, which helps determine how attractive the job is, and then they handle the selection part where they look at the applicants and sort them out."

"The obvious point is that there just aren't enough jobs to go around right now, so employers can certainly be picky. But we're not really talking about being picky here. It's not surprising that employers might actually search more, and it might take them longer to hire now, because there are so many candidates to look at. Why grab the first one when you have this long queue that you could look at? But the unusual thing, and certainly the negative thing, from everybody's perspective is those employers who say, 'Look, we're just not hiring, or we're waiting a very long time to hire, because we can't find what we want.' "I think the place we have to begin to answer that question is back with the employers who are making all those decisions about the process. Are they doing anything wrong?"

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Keywords: supply chain jobs, supply chain management, supply chain, employment hiring practices and strategies

Even though companies have a big pool of job applicants to choose from and, therefore, can be much more selective in hiring, they still still claim that they can't find candidates with the requisite skills. Cappelli says, "I think it's important to remember that employers control everything about the process. They define the job, they create the requirements for the job, then they decide how the word gets out to people, recruiting-wise. They set the rate of pay, which helps determine how attractive the job is, and then they handle the selection part where they look at the applicants and sort them out."

"The obvious point is that there just aren't enough jobs to go around right now, so employers can certainly be picky. But we're not really talking about being picky here. It's not surprising that employers might actually search more, and it might take them longer to hire now, because there are so many candidates to look at. Why grab the first one when you have this long queue that you could look at? But the unusual thing, and certainly the negative thing, from everybody's perspective is those employers who say, 'Look, we're just not hiring, or we're waiting a very long time to hire, because we can't find what we want.' "I think the place we have to begin to answer that question is back with the employers who are making all those decisions about the process. Are they doing anything wrong?"

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Keywords: supply chain jobs, supply chain management, supply chain, employment hiring practices and strategies