Mon, Aug 23, 2010
Lee Ramsayer is Vice President of Public Sector & Education Sales for Monster Worldwide.
Despite unemployment levels at an all-time high of 9.5%, the Wall Street Journal recently reported that many employers are struggling to find qualified applicants to fill open positions. With so many job candidates on the market, what is causing this discrepancy? Routinely, hiring managers face applicant pools that lack the experience or training necessary to perform specialized jobs.
Closing the talent gap is critical to getting Americans back to work and improving the regional economies that make up the U.S. market. State and local governments have begun to focus more resources on studying their region’s talent gap and addressing the problem with training, education, and online support initiatives that are focused on preparing workers for positions in growing industries.
Here are some strategies that state and local governments have tried across the country:
There are clearly innovative approaches to closing the talent gap that are guiding and connecting job seekers and businesses. Adopting these and other strategies will enable state and local governments to reduce unemployment in their regions and get Americans back to work.
To learn how the Federal Government is improving their recruitment and hiring process, click here.
About the author: Lee Ramsayer is the Vice President of Public Sector & Education Sales for Monster Worldwide. Lee joined Monster in April of 2007 where he has helped to build a dedicated sales force focused on the development of the state and local and education markets and has created solutions specific to helping regional economies with workforce and economic development. Prior to Monster, Lee held the positions of Vice President at Intelliworks, Inc., General Manager of US State and Local Government Sales and Consulting Services for Microsoft and Vice President of Oracle’s sales vertical focused on the higher education marketplace.