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Graduates, the Skills Gap is Real

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We have been hearing about the skills gap for a long time and studies in the past address the lack of what employers want. Payscale released a skill gap study detailing the disconnect between managers and recent graduates regarding their preparedness for employment after entering the workforce, and which skills managers are most likely to consider absent or deficient. Please go to Payscale’s website to view and download their report!

I discussed this two months ago with Rich Thompson, Adecco North America Chief Human Resource Officer. He also said one of the biggest challenges employers have is the skills gap. It is evident according to the study and organizations; graduates are not ready to present themselves as proficient in business oral and written communication. Lydia Frank from Payscale is with me to discuss their skills gap study specifically as it relates to college grads. 

Have you been turned down for a position because you lacked skills? Talk to us. Here's how you can participate in the discussion: 

  1. Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your thoughts to the same number
  2. Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message
  3. Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com

 

 

For complete show notes go to: thevoiceofjobseekers.com/129-skills-gap

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers129.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 4:13pm CDT

Parents and their Job Ready College Student

 

Parents must participate in helping their son/daughter to be job-ready upon graduation. Millennials made up about 30 percent of the United States’ unemployment population.  Despite being college-educated, many recent graduates are ill-prepared for the workforce, leaving parents wondering how to get their kids from backpack to briefcase. Bill Holland is working with parents to have critical career conversations to help their son/daughter prepare to be job-ready.

Are you having career conversations with your college student?

As usual, your feedback is essential for this discussion.

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Call and leave a voicemail or text me at 708-365-9822
  2. Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message
  3. Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com

Bill Holland and I have talked a few times over the last five years, and the last time on the show was on episode 47 when we talked about his last book. He is a career consultant, an executive in the Talent Management space for many years, and now Principal and Founder of College to Career Catalyst, LLC. He has been featured on NPR and USA Today, and 60 other media outlets.

For complete show notes go to http://thevoiceofjobseekers.com/prepare-to-be-job-ready/

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers130.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 6:31pm CDT

Life Matters for Women Ex-Offender Job Seekers

The Voice of Job Seekers - Unemployed, Underemployed, Unappreciated Job Seekers Welcomed!

I published a show a couple of months ago featuring how male ex-offenders in Montgomery County, MD transition back to society with Alisa Smedley. This week, Donna Rojas shares the significance of life and career training to women inmates. You should take note Montgomery County Correctional Job Facility is a model for the United States to help ex-offenders thrive in their transition back to life. We discuss how the White House has visited their facility to see how Montgomery County job program could benefit other inmate programs.

How important is it to society to see ex- offender's smooth transition? As usual, your feedback is essential for this discussion.

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Call and leave a voicemail or text me at 708-365-9822
  2. Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message
  3. Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com

 

For complete show notes go to http://thevoiceofjobseekers.com/128-ex-offender-women

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers128.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:06pm CDT

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