CNBC.com shares that nearly 7 in 10 employers reported talent shortages in 2019 in a recent survey from the Manpower Group, the worst level ever and a jump of 17 percentage points from just a year ago.
The study comes as the Labor Department reports that there are still about 670,000 more job vacancies than there are unemployed potential workers.
Denise Leaser, President of GreatBizTools, developer of pre-hire assessment tool WebAssess, says that employers need to expand their thinking on who is an ideal job candidate.
For example, pre-hire assessment tools can test for the skills, abilities and personality traits that are much better predictors for success in a particular job than specific experiences and or degrees.
“I can’t tell you how many times I have heard managers say, ‘Find me anyone that can learn and I can teach them to do the job.’ Unless you have a specific need for specific knowledge, in the long run, it is much better to find a candidate who can learn and learn quickly.”
Leaser adds, “If you only use a knowledge test, that won’t tell you how easy it was for that person to learn or if they can apply that knowledge on the job.”
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Headquartered in Florida, GreatBizTools is an HR technology company with a 40-year history helping enterprises and small businesses improve their hiring and skills programs. GreatBizTools is the developer of WebAssess®, an online pre-hire assessment tool used by many of the leading brands and Fortune 500 companies. MyInnerGenius®, also developed by GreatBizTools, is an ed tech innovation which uses cognitive tools to help match employees and students to careers which complement their innate skills and abilities.
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