To bridge talent gap, companies may need to broaden qualifications and increase training

Rather than restricting the qualifications of a particular job, businesses may want to invest more into training new employees.

Recently, many companies have been able to demand more out of each their employees and, subsequently, new hires due to economic pressures resulting in smaller workforces and increased responsibilities and lack of funds available to train new employees. But, these higher demands may not mean that companies are getting the best talent they can find. In fact, some experts say it may be hindering the talent search altogether, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Most companies use some form of screening software to weed through the massive amount of applicants they receive for open positions. Oftentimes, the requirements that are beset on these applicants will nearly negate the entire hiring process. Another example comes from an engineering firm that received 25,000 applications and the HR department said that only one was actually qualified for an interview. The applicant was not necessarily qualified to fill the position, but just to be considered for the job.

In another example, a Philadelphia-based human resources executive applied for a job in his own company under a pseudonym – he didn't even make it past the screening process.

The Journal goes on to argue that during times of vast unemployment, employers pile up so many prerequisites to weed out the larger than normal influx that it's nearly impossible to find any candidates who fit the description.

"For every story about an employer who can't find qualified applicants, there's a counterbalancing tale about an employer with ridiculous hiring requirements," says Peter Cappelli to the Journal. "Applicants rarely talk to anyone, even by email, during the hiring process."

Rather than tighten the belt on who qualifies for what position, it may benefit employers to implement a learning management software or online training software that can help teach applicants or new hires that have the potential to do the job but may need a little push in the right direction. 


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