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Book: Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs: The Skills Gap and What Companies Can Do About It | Wharton Digital Press

Even in a time of perilously high unemployment, companies contend that they cannot find the employees they need. Pointing to a skills gap, employers argue applicants are simply not qualified; schools aren’t preparing students for jobs; the government isn’t letting in enough high-skill immigrants; and even when the match is right, prospective employees won’t accept jobs at the wages offered.

In this powerful and fast-reading book, Peter Cappelli, Wharton management professor and director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources, debunks the arguments and exposes the real reasons good people can’t get hired. Drawing on jobs data, anecdotes from all sides of the employer-employee divide, and interviews with jobs professionals, he explores the paradoxical forces bearing down on the American workplace and lays out solutions that can help us break through what has become a crippling employer-employee stand-off.

Among the questions he confronts: Is there really a skills gap? To what extent is the hiring process being held hostage by automated software that can crunch thousands of applications an hour? What kind of training could best bridge the gap between employer expectations and applicant realities, and who should foot the bill for it? Are schools really at fault?…

via Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs: The Skills Gap and What Companies Can Do About It | Wharton Digital Press.


9 thoughts on “Book: Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs: The Skills Gap and What Companies Can Do About It | Wharton Digital Press

  1. Reblogged this on red rabbit skills services | skills development consultancy and commented:
    Excellent post, very relevant thanks for sharing. The issues go right across the spectrum from schools, to policy, to skills gaps, wages etc.

    Posted by red rabbit skills services | June 22, 2012, 12:58 pm


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