Needed: More training for the Unemployed!!
spent the better part of last week at the HR Technology conference in Chicago where
human resource professionals gathered to discuss the most pressing problems in the
world of HR today and the latest technologies launched to solve those problems.
found it interesting and disturbing that with all the unemployment we have these days
that a big topic of conversation is how to attract more job seekers. You
would think that this wouldn’t be a problem, but it’s not about accumulating a stack
of resumes to choose from, it’s about getting the right resumes representing candidates
with the right skills.
a matter of fact, the flood of resumes only exacerbates the problem since weeding
through all those resumes to find the right candidate can be overwhelming for HR recruiters
that are themselves being asked to do more with less.
seems that an alarming number of HR professionals are faced with a lack of qualified
candidates. In previous posts I’ve talked
about the importance of helping exiting employees enhance their skill sets to get
them better positioned for available jobs, but I walked away from this conference
thinking about how we as a nation desperately need to look for ways to enhance the
education and skills of today’s workforce as well as take a keener interest in how
our children are being prepared for the future.
the heels of the announcement earlier last week of plans by the co-founder
of Facebook to donate $100 million to the Newark, New Jersey Public School System it
made me wonder how many more companies would need to get involved and invest in the
qualifications of the workforce of tomorrow.
didn’t have long to wait for the next in line because reading up this morning I saw
that late last week it was also announced that Microsoft
teamed up with Washington State Employment Security Department to
deliver free computer eLearning courses to Washington residents. More
than 1,000 different courses are available along 6 different learning paths and participants
are offered an opportunity to obtain certifications free of charge. What
an incredible benefit being provided to Washington’s unemployed!!
can’t wait to see who steps up next.
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