Employers often scramble to find qualified workers to fill a wide variety of jobs, according to Yahoo Finance. If the job market is booming, why do individuals have trouble scoring a job or following their desired career path? Here are four reasons that may explain why so many professionals are stuck in job search limbo.
1. You Didn't Get the Right Preparation in High School
The ideal career path typically includes finishing high school, getting a four-year degree and landing a position with a great employer. However, plenty of students don't want to attend college right away or at all. Many high schools fail to arm students with the technical skills that many jobs require. The fact that the U.S. school system fails to prepare students for a career leaves high school graduates at a disadvantage, as employers are consequently having trouble finding skilled workers. While there are a few solutions to this issue, such as employers working with school districts to provide vocational training, the problem is likely to persist for years to come.
2. You Haven't Taken Advantage of Community College
Another solution to the high school preparation dilemma is attending community college. This transitional schooling option can either prepare you for a four-year university or provide vocational training in a variety of fields. Unfortunately, students and mentors alike tend to overlook these valuable institutions, which may offer career training for a fraction of the price of four-year institutions. If you're a job hunter looking for a change in your career path, consider enrolling in a community college to learn a new trade or gain a skill that places you above the competition.
3. You're Using Outdated Job Sites
Many job search sites consume hours of your valuable time while giving little in return. This is because they use outdated methods for matching employers with potential workers. For instance, if an employer only inputs that they want to see resumes that include certain keywords, such as specific skills or software knowledge, they are likely to skim over hard-working candidates who could easily learn these skill sets. In addition to using more cutting-edge job-search sites, candidates should be selective of where they apply and send their resumes, choosing companies that have a reputation for strong hiring practices. Employers should also do their part by offering more employment levels at different stages of the career path, such as internships for seasoned professionals.
4. Businesses Are Still Remodeling Recruiting Efforts
As the economy improves, companies have fewer and fewer choices of qualified candidates. Although they're beginning to recruit more heavily and become clearer about what skills they're seeking, many businesses still struggle to find effective ways to connect with the workers on the right career path. Candidates should look for companies that create succinct, detailed job descriptions for each opening, which signifies more mature hiring practices.
While companies and job seekers alike struggle with the effects of an imperfect school and employment system, have no fear. With the right vocational training and updated job-search practices, you can do well in virtually any job market and find your way down your chosen career path.
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