Have you read the WSJ blog on why companies aren’t getting the employees they need?

Peter Cappelli, the George W. Taylor professor of management at the Wharton School and director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources, suggests that the problem is training and education.  He says that employers are expecting anyone they hire to already have had the job they are applying for.  You can read his piece here

Nevertheless, there is still a shortage of skilled candidates.  What is your company doing to make sure that you have the people to deliver on the promise of your company?

Why Companies Aren’t Getting the Employees They Need

The conventional wisdom is that our education system is failing our economy. But our companies deserve a lot of the blame themselves.

By PETER CAPPELLI

Everybody’s heard the complaints about recruiting lately.

Even with unemployment hovering around 9%, companies are grousing that they can’t find skilled workers, and filling a job can take months of hunting.

Employers are quick to lay blame. Schools aren’t giving kids the right kind of training. The government isn’t letting in enough high-skill immigrants. The list goes on and on.

But I believe that the real culprits are the employers themselves.

With an abundance of workers to choose from, employers are demanding more of job candidates than ever before. They want prospective workers to be able to fill a role right away, without any training or ramp-up time….  (read complete post here.)

Dr. Cappelli is the George W. Taylor professor of management at the Wharton School and director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources. He can be reached at reports@wsj.com.

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2 responses to Have you read the WSJ blog on why companies aren’t getting the employees they need?


  1. I remember seeing a job posting that required knowledge of a system called GeneBLAST that I had recently created. They also required a PhD, something that neither the programmer nor I possessed. So, nobody on earth met their requirements!

    • Indeed! As a recruiter I was asked to find an e-commerce marketing manager with 10 years experience – when e-commerce was only 3 years old. You have to ask who is the person who wrote the job posting and how much were they able to get from the hiring manager.

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