CareerBuilder’s Amy Chulik, writing for The HiringSite, has a very worthwhile piece on our nation’s skills gap. In it she discusses key stats about the employer/jobseeker disconnect, how employers and jobseekers are misinterpreting each other, and how costly this problem has become. She also mentions that the five hardest-to-fill areas are engineering, C-level positions (e.g., CEOs and CFOs), IT, R&D, and production.
One of the big ramifications of all this is that many companies are realizing it is better to just hire people without experience and do all the training in-house rather than waiting for educational institutions to turn out people they can hire. Other companies will spend money to have current employees trained for new skills, and still others plan on targeting talent from other companies.
CareerBuilder also includes this great infographic at the end of the piece.