As any seasoned executive recruiter or human resources professional will attest, being successful at finding and placing candidates is about making the match, nailing the elusive fit between job seeker and job, skill set and need. Fit can be a euphemism for all sorts of intangibles like organizational culture, team chemistry or even work style. Always, though, the tangible skills are critical.
But finding talent to fill science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs these days is rarely about anything as subtle as fit. It's a much more basic and troubling challenge. The talent -- and more critically, the skills -- are just not there to be had. We have little to no supply to meet the ever-growing demand. Think of it, in this economy with record unemployment rates, U.S. businesses are unable to fill jobs because of basic skills gaps in the workforce. In industries as varied as consumer goods, oil and gas, utilities, food and beverage, computing and manufacturing, even welding, we simply don't have the qualified candidates to hire. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be 1.2 million job openings for computer science graduates by 2018, but current U.S. graduation rates will provide qualified workers for only one-third of those positions. Jobs -- millions of them -- are going unfilled!
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