Why Employers Can't Fill Jobs When Millions Are Unemployed [Infographic]

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It's one of the strange outcomes of the Great Recession: At a time of high unemployment, when some 12 million Americans are without jobs, some employers are saying that they can't find anyone to hire.

There have been lots of explanations for this, from job candidates' lack of cover letters to employers' inability to sift through the reams of applications. In an attempt to get to the bottom of this, CareerBuilder recently surveyed 1,648 employers and 2,036 job hunters. The results were fascinating -- and reveal a deep disconnect between how employers and job hunters perceive the process. For example: More than half of employers (53 percent) said that they have "no preference" when it comes to a candidate who has a gap in the resume and a candidate who doesn't; yet, nearly 2 out of 3 (62 percent) of the candidates said that they believed their unemployed status affects their chances of finding a job.

Perhaps even more telling, nearly two-thirds of job hunters admit that they apply for jobs in which "they do not possess the required skills." Only 12 percent of candidates, though, are being told that they lack "the requisite skills."

What do you think of this gap in perception? What's causing it? Take a look at the infographic and share your thoughts in the comments seciton.

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I own a small company in Va and cannot find employees. It is the most difficult I've seen it in our 14 years of business. Candidates no show for interviews, if hired, some no show for their 1st day of work, some work a day or 2 and I never see them again, and I pay well. I personally think we live in a Freeloaders Paradise. People living with parents, girlfriend or someone with a job and living off their means saying they can't fine one, or a BUM ! The person getting sponged off of is more forgiving and patient because the nightly news says there are no jobs. There are many small businesses that could grow their business if we can find someone to work rather than sitting at home playing video games while someone else picks up the electric bill.

September 13 2012 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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No, these jobs are "liveable wages"; people are NOT resourceful enough when looking for work.
Maybe you "want" to work in IT; well take a job at the post office; and STILL AMKE A LIVEABLE

August 28 2012 at 4:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


August 28 2012 at 2:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Most of the companies hiring are crap. They want only the best employees who are intelligent and educated but who will never think for themselves or solve an issue on their own. No benefits for at least 90 days (although they expect you to offer 100% effort from day one). They want 'team' players who do the work to pull the team then get evaluated individually at the end of the year, based on 'team' performance. No bonuses if the 'team' results are not enough (and they know the 'team' results will virtually always be just a bit too low to ever have to pay out). They provide annual 'reviews' which lambast their employees and subjectively put them down while surprising them with things never heard of prior which they are basing their 'poor' annual evaluation on. The company earns 'record' revenue but somehow manages to not have enough money to promote employees or even give them raises that keep up with inflation, yet the executives end up with millions of dollars in stock options. And you wonder why you can't find enough good employees? When a company is ready to step up to the plate and offer full wages and benefits from day 1 for fully qualified and working employees and reward each for their efforts and results then they will find what they are looking for, but not until.

August 28 2012 at 2:22 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

What happened to all of the county employment offices? They are all gone. In the past, my county employment office was a great help. I can go in and talk to a real person. Now, unemployed people are sent to web sites. Companies who do hire, don't pay enough and expect you to give up your evenings and weekends. Companies don't care about families.

August 28 2012 at 1:43 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

thease jobs dont pay enough. thease are 8 to 10.00 an hour.

August 28 2012 at 12:39 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Well my thought is it's not about what you know ....it's all about who you know ! If your not friends with someone in HR or if your not someones brother , cousin or sister then don't expect to get a job cuz it isn't gonna happen . Skills sure you can get them on the job and learn quickly how a company works but, they won't even give you a chance bc the airheads they got running the HR departments are running the show !

August 27 2012 at 11:57 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Thanks Pphilroy...I couldn't have said it better myself and I have said it many, many times! In my previous career, before going back to college late in life for my useless degree...I chewed my granddaughter's 18 year old punk sperm donor out for not working and supporting her. His comment was, " I don't have too, you have a good job and make a lot of money and if I made what you make, I would work but I ain't working for 'no' 8 dollars an hour!" This was 20 years ago. Excuse me young punk, but what education did you say you had? What years of hard work have you put in to pay your dues at the ripe old age of 18? Seems to me you have never done anything but feed off of society and contribute nothing...

If I owned a business, the very first time I saw an employee even pick up their cell phone, I would fire them on the spot. I worked and raised my children before cell phones existed. When we worked, we worked and were paid to do so, not talk or text on anything, let alone walk around with a phone literally hooked to our ear while on the job. I have seen young and older teachers stop class to read and answer texts. They don't "have" to stay after to meet with parents or help a student, their contract says so. I have had to wait, to be waited on because the employee was on their phone. I have had more than I can count, kids under 20 tell me they 'aint' working for 'that kind of money', usually less than 14.oo an hour. The work ethic you speak of went out with our generation, when the attitude of entitlement came in. Yet...they monopolize the force.

Just think Pphilroy, how scary that is and also that this is the generation that is going to be responsible for caring for us in our final years. Guess our heart attacks and respiratory failures will have to wait till they hit the 'send' button...God Bless us :-) ( no offense to the medical professionals...the intent was the generation, not the profession)

August 27 2012 at 11:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ok here is the problem ....First of all these companies are gonna have to get up off the money ! If you want a GOOD EMPLOYEE than you have to pay for it ! Secondly sometimes you have to take a chance on people ! You never know what some people can do untill you give them a chance . Third the people running HR in these companies should not be in control of who works for these companies , in my opinion they get paid to much to sit up on their high horses and deny people and last of all , get rid of those stupid personality test ! How can you judge what kinda work a person can do from that crap ?

August 27 2012 at 11:35 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I worked as a sales rep for an auto parts warehouse. We finally had to require that all new applicants for jobs there fill out job applications in front of a secretary, since when they were allowed to take the application home to fill out, after they were hired, we found that they did not have the ability to read and write. It's hard to even stock shelves when you can't read the labels on the boxes.

August 27 2012 at 11:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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