Unemployment is High – So Why is Finding Qualified Job Candidates Harder than Ever?

Find the Right Employees: Arm yourself with Innovative Strategies

Even with modest improvements, unemployment is still high. As of February 2012, the national unemployment rate was 8.3 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So, you’d think…finding good employees would be easy.

But it’s not.

There’s a big problem, making it harder than ever to find the right employees. It’s the widening skill gap in America. Plus, since the market is saturated with job seekers, it’s a common misconception that finding good employees is cheaper and easier. But it’s simply not true.


There are tons of people looking for work. But very few have the right skills for your open position.

The Skill Gap

Finding the right person, with the right skills, is harder than ever. But most companies don’t realize how deeply this affects your company. Vacancies stay open for longer. And like it or not, your business starts to have problems, such as:

  • Weakened employee morale
  • Productivity gaps
  • Employee burnout
  • And a damaged bottom line

It’s a ripple affect that silently hurts your business. Click here to learn more about the business impacts from vacant positions.

What Employers Need Most…

You need reliable, responsible workers who can solve problems and work well with others. But most of all, you need job seekers who possess the appropriate balance of skills, experience and attitude. These are the people who make a real difference in your organization.

Problem is…these employees are really hard to find!

And even harder to find with high unemployment rates. Sound counter-intuitive? It is. But with so many job seekers looking for work, finding the right employee is like searching for a needle in a haystack. Only with higher unemployment rates the stack of hay is much larger. Honestly, it’s exhausting. Or, it can be…without help.

Getting Help

In this economy, the same old staffing approach simply won’t cut it. You need an innovative, cutting edge way of thinking to uncover job seekers with the right skills (and side step the headaches!).

Here’s the trick.

There’s a key difference between staffing agencies and recruiting agencies. The agencies that are thriving and delivering the candidates you need, with the right skills, are doing something very different. I’ll tell you what it is.

They aren’t just thinking of themselves as providers of temporary help. Instead, they’re actually consulting with clients to fill jobs in the highest demand – using flexible strategies that quickly uncover candidates with the right skills. So, you don’t have to sort through hundreds and even thousands of unqualified candidates.

But here’s the problem.

Some agencies simply aren’t willing to operate this way. They say, “We’re not a consulting or training company, we’re a staffing company.”

And I get that. It’s been engraved in their brains from the early stages of recruiting.

But to survive in this economy, it takes more than clinging to yesterday’s strategies…and hoping for the best. As an employer, you need people who can find the best talent for your company by re-thinking and re-imagining core strategies – getting you to where you need to be.

Don’t get left behind.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics. Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey. Retrieved3/19/12 from https://www.bls.gov/cps/

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