The negative effect of long-term unemployment on a candidate’s chances of getting hired is one of the most unfortunate Catch-22′s of our time. It’s the old paradox of “you need experience to get the job and you need the job to get experience,” except that now this experience has an expiration date. When it comes to employers shutting the door on the long-term unemployed, the magic number seems to be 9 or more consecutive months of unemployment, in which the candidate is still mired when they apply. Read More…
Wednesday: hump day. For today’s half way there addition of the Accolo blog, we have a lovely op ed from CNN Money from one Nina Easton. It addresses the employment gap that exists today in the US labor market. Right now, there are millions of specialized jobs that go unfilled due to a shortage of applicants with the right skill set for the job. In short, there are many whiling and few able to get the job done. EVERYONE FREAK OUT! Just kidding. As Easton’s piece suggests, the answer to this shortage of skilled workers lies in more worker training by businesses. The article elaborates on why companies should shell out the money for training much more inspiring fashion so i’ll just put the ol’ computer down and leave you to it.