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Talent is Getting Harder to Find

Employers say a talent shortage has saddled their efforts to fill jobs, according to a survey by ManpowerGroup.

More than 50% of U.S. employers reported having difficulty filling “mission-critical” positions within their companies, up from 14% in 2010. Among the hardest positions to fill included jobs in skilled trades, sales and engineering.

Employers attributed their difficulties to candidates’ lack of experience and technical skills, and to applicants’ looking for too much money, the report says. An aging workforce and a shortage of young people replacing their positions have added to the challenge.

Manpower is recommending that companies abandon the status quo and focus on hiring people who are a “teachable fit,” meaning those with the right soft skills who can later be taught the technical skills needed to perform a job.

“You can’t hire someone to fix wind turbines who is afraid of heights,” Holmes explained. “But you can teach someone who isn’t to hold a screwdriver and fix the wind turbine.”

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