June 22, 2012, 11:14 AM —
As more people looked for work the past few years, companies complained more loudly they couldn't find quality applicant.
Author Peter Cappelli pointed out the problems employers were causing themselves in a WSJ article "Why Companies Aren't Getting the Employees They Need" last October. He expanded the article into a book, and talked about it this week on ieee Spectrum in "Why Bad Jobs-or No Jobs-Happen to Good Workers." Cappelli says, "The real culprits are the employers themselves."
How can companies be at fault, when all the complaints are about how poorly the education system is doing training workers, and workers themselves don't meet job qualifications? Because HR looks for fantasy employees with impossible qualifications, and companies have cut their training budgets. In Europe, training is often mandatory, and those companies aren't complaining about skilled-job shortages.
When employers accept applicants only if they have a degree but are willing to accept any type of degree regardless of relevance, it's simply that employers have become lazy in their recruiting.
Michael J on wsj.com
Employers want the perfectly trained person, for about 20% under market.
rickw7rt on ieee.org
I hate to sound harsh, but far to many "required experience" sections describe fantasy candidates, not realistic ones.
Tom on ieee.org
...expected to get the key skills and company-specific socialization in college or internships. When they don't, the companies complain about "education."
David on ieee.org
Don't forget the classic catch-22 of employers asking for more years in a skill than the skill has existed.
Ken Arromdee on ieee.org
A significant issue is that nobody trains employees while compensating them fairly based on their aptitude. So the only option is for employees to bounce around to get new skills and better wages.
hkarthik on news.ycombinator.com
That really is the crux of it. I got a 4.5% raise after my first year - not bad in this economy. I'll probably get similar this year. My girlfriend switched jobs after 18 months and got a 100% raise.
krschultz on news.ycombinator.com
Human Resources takes a beating in the hundreds of comments about this topic. If you're in HR, please give us the view from your side of the desk.