10 Hardest Jobs to Fill and How to Land Them

jobs-high-demandAccording to a recent survey by Manpower Staffing, there are 10 jobs that are in demand but still hard to fill. Fourteen percent of employers surveyed reported difficulty filling the following positions in their industry.

  1. Skilled Laborers (including carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other tradesmen)
  2. Sales Representatives
  3. Nurses
  4. Technicians
  5. Truck Drivers
  6. Restaurant and Hotel Staff
  7. Management/Executives
  8. Engineers
  9. Doctors and other non-nursing professionals
  10. Customer Service Representatives

It's not that there is a shortage of people in the labor market that match these professional titles, but rather that employers are finding a mismatch between talent and skills. Sometimes they can't find the right people in the right geography or they can't source the professional with the right mix of functional and technical skills. For example, there may be multiple engineering positions available in a part of the country where engineers are scarce. There may be many sales reps looking for work, but it is harder to find those that have the technical or product knowledge necessary to hit the ground running. The same goes for customer-service reps and even executives.

It appears that employers are looking for exact matches, yet few exact matches exist. So how do you make yourself appear like more of a match to an employer with in-demand jobs? Here are a few ideas.

  1. Get flexible. If you see a great opportunity with a company in a different geography, think about what it would take to get you to move. Or ponder how the job might be done remotely and prove to the hiring manager that location is not an issue.

  2. Get educated. If your profession has evolved and you haven't kept your skills up to date, now's the time to consider doing so. If you are currently unemployed, you may be able to obtain a training voucher through the Department of Labor. Or you may be able to trim costs by taking classes through an area community college or distance-learning program.

  3. Get curious. Check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics to see what industries and professions are trending upward. Go online and do research on companies that employ people with your skill set to uncover where the gap may be between what you have and what they are looking for. Take a trip to your local library to see what resources they have for finding out information about local employers and their needs.

  4. Get connected. In order to get the pulse on a particular company or industry hiring trend, you need to be talking with people who are insiders to that industry. If you are a salesperson trying to break into pharmaceutical sales, find someone connected to that industry. It doesn't have to be a direct insider; it could be someone peripheral to the industry. In this example, a doctor or pharmacist might be able to give you some valuable information or leads.

  5. Get real. It's harder to get noticed in an industry where you don't have a track record. It doesn't happen overnight. It takes time and perseverance, but breaking into a new field or industry does happen.

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I am an HR Manager and the reason these positions are hard to fill is because companies are not paying what these people are worth (as far as skilled trades go) My husband is a welder and it is a joke what these companies are offereing these days. Nurses (I work in healthcare) expect too much pay for what they do. Truck Drivers, thats a tough job being on the road with no family life and high gas prices and decent pay but the pay doesnt match the cons of the job. CSR's there aren't any good customer service people out there and plus paying someone crap wages to do a hard job (listening to people complain and scream at you all day) So there are plenty of qualified people but pay them based on the job and to some of you nurses...you're not worth that much, mainly the ones who don't even have a BSN and expect to be paid top dollar.

June 24 2010 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lawrence fishberg

To AH...i am glad to know that there is someone out there, like yourself, who is perfect in all dealings with the human species...who is always fair, and just, who shows love in every manner and directive, whose perfection illuminates an otherwise, dismal existence for the rest of us, the flawed masses...i am sure that when you sneeze, a fluff of light comes out instead of the stuff the rest of us have to deal with....i am impressed.

June 23 2010 at 7:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm with TMC on this one. I see these problems with the nursing staff here in Florida. The administrators are just looking for bodies to fill a void.

June 22 2010 at 9:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with TMC in that if these individuals want to enjoy the liberties of being an American, then speak English. And in any profession, especially the feild of caring for another, and wanting to be paid appropriately, then act appropriately. Or face the consequences of your actions like any other. If you vilate an ethical code of conduct in the work place, you should expect that you would be written up for your code of conduct and professionalism, not your skin color. For it is your conduct in question, not the color of your skin and apparently not for your lack of being able to speak fluent English. Which is the chosen language of the USA. Our forefathers had to speak the native tongue of English or they were refused their Visa. I do believe it is still English, and if you have taken an oath to be an American Citizen then you should be proud to be an American and use the chosen language, English. Being bilangual is awesome, but for respect for this Country you have decided to call your's, then with all due respect educate yourself with a course of English. Again, if you chose the field of caring for others, then do it with pride and treat them with dignity, it is your job. If you fail to follow the proper code of ethics of that chosen field, then expect to be repremanded with the rest, upon your own conduct. It is year 2010, not 1800's, respectfully yours an American Citizen!

June 22 2010 at 9:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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lawrence fishberg

to ah....again....i am pleased to know that there is someone out there, like yourself, who, when they sneeze, puts forth into the world a spray of light, rather than the other stuff the rest of us flawed humans have to deal with....i am impressed....to encapsulate...a wise person once told me that to argue with someone like yourself, is to educate them...class dismissed.

June 23 2010 at 7:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


June 22 2010 at 8:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lawrence fishberg

dear patricia...i guess it isn't really a job...does "burden" sound better to you?...as for how much it pays?...how about the cost of whatever brain cells you have....have i made myself clear?

June 22 2010 at 7:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Most people abuse the "Bill of Rights" thinking that it is their right to belittle others using the "Freedom of Speech"? When in reality it was clearly adapted so that we may freely express ourselves without fear, and to express ourselves without infringing or abusing the right of others while doing so. In that, when we abuse any of these rights that liberate us, we then imprision our neighbor. It wasn't put in place to berate others, but so that we could communicate in an open and respectful manner. Key word respect your neighbor, and you respect yourself. Then everyone can enjoy these liberties, without harming another, or being harmed ourselves.

June 22 2010 at 8:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is that actually a job? What is the job title for that position and how much does it pay?

June 22 2010 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is that actually a job? What is the title for that position and how much does it pay?

June 22 2010 at 6:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Honestly, the positions wouldn't be hard to fill if they paid well for the work they are offering. I know in Texas we have a severe problem with illegals working for practically nothing and bringing the pay scale way down. 1.Skilled Laborers (including carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other tradesmen) are the most effected. I am with TMC on this one, maybe employers should get a clue and realize they are adding to the list of people that are out of work and underpaid for awesome skills cause some idiot will take 7 to 8 dollars for crap work. This also applies to Customer Service. I know one of the largest companies in Dallas is TXU Energy and they use out of the international call centers for customer service. 99.9 % of the time you do not speak to someone american. I am not a racist by any means, but I do support America and in Texas we have a real problem with illegal immigrants (and I do have a problem with that)!!!

June 22 2010 at 6:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

LMFAO! Love it!!!

June 22 2010 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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