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Old 11-11-2012, 11:24 PM  
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Three million open jobs in U.S., but who's qualified?

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_16...hos-qualified/

The video of the 60 minutes piece.
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50134943n

The balance of power in Washington didn't change this week as President Obama and most members of Congress kept their jobs. They'll go back to work and face an unemployment problem that also hasn't changed very much.



Every month since January 2009, more than 20 million Americans have been either out of work or underemployed. Yet despite that staggering number, there are more than three million job openings in the U.S. Just in manufacturing, there are as many as 500,000 jobs that aren't being filled because employers say they can't find qualified workers.



It's called "the skills gap." How could that be, we wondered, at a time like this with so many people out of work? No place is the question more pressing than in Nevada. The state with the highest unemployment rate in the country. A place where there are jobs waiting to be filled.



Karl Hutter: Yeah, we hear way too much about the United States manufacturing, we don't manufacture anything anymore. Not true. Not true.
Byron Pitts: Sure, it's Mexico, it's in China--
Karl Hutter: Yeah, yeah, that all went to China, that all went to Mexico. Not true, whatsoever.
Karl Hutter is the new chief operating officer of Click Bond in Carson City, Nev., a company his parents started in 1969.
Karl Hutter: We're still technically a small business, but we're growing quickly.
Byron Pitts: So, you're hiring?
Karl Hutter: We are hiring. We're hiring and we need to find good people. And that's really what the challenge is these days.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:44 AM   #16
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My industry is interesting. There is a constant fear of losing high paying jobs to other countries with film tax incentives like Canada and New Zealand, but people have adapted to it, and the same industry veterans are being lured to those jobs. I have worked in New Zealand, and actually got paid more than in the US all tolled. It is scary to look for work when you know your best deal is going to be out of the country, but for the most part it is in nice places, London, Sydney, Wellington, Vancouver. Also, Shanghai is on the rise, and is a very cosmopolitan city. I've been entrenched in a Los Angeles job now for ten years with a four year contract looking forward, but I feel pretty good about the world job outlook if I need to move on in 4 years.

There are also schools finally doing a good job of turning out ready entry level candidates 20 years in. My young team members are often shocked to hear that I have no degree while they are often looking at postings with multiple degree requirements. I try to explain that there was no equivalent when I was in school. There was film and there was computer science and they didn't really cross except for a few programs like Ohio State and Texas A&M.

I think many industries are in a similar situation where they are waiting for the candidates to come fully prepared out of college again. We actually work with schools to give feedback on their candidates and programs. Some are completely uninterested in the feedback, which is pretty surprising considering they should want to have companies primed to look at their grads. There are a couple of schools that have really merged our feedback into their programs and it shows in the percentage of new hires that come directly from those programs. I hired 5 college grads this year, 4 were from one program, and all have exceeded expectations. That would not have happened even 5 years ago.

Change is good sometimes.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:52 AM   #17
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At my company, job openings are always posted, even though there is absolutely no intent to hire ( we're actually cutting back via attrition right now ). Its basically a marketing ploy to the stockholders.
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