Peter Cappelli confronts the skills gap and provides an actionable path toward putting people back to work
Even in a time of perilously high unemployment, companies contend that they cannot find the employees they need. Pointing to a skills gap, employers argue applicants are simply not qualified; schools aren’t preparing students for jobs; the government isn’t letting in enough high-skill immigrants; and even when the match is right, prospective employees won’t accept jobs at the wages offered.
In this powerful and fast-reading book, Peter Cappelli, Wharton management professor and director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources, debunks the arguments and exposes the real reasons good people can’t get hired. Drawing on jobs data, anecdotes from all sides of the employer-employee divide, and interviews with jobs professionals, he explores the paradoxical forces bearing down on the American workplace and lays out solutions that can help us break through what has become a crippling employer-employee stand-off.
Among the questions he confronts: Is there really a skills gap? To what extent is the hiring process being held hostage by automated software that can crunch thousands of applications an hour? What kind of training could best bridge the gap between employer expectations and applicant realities, and who should foot the bill for it? Are schools really at fault?
Named one of HR Magazine’s Top 20 Most Influential Thinkers of 2011, Cappelli not only changes the way we think about hiring but points the way forward to rev America’s job engine again and put people back to work.
“Peter Cappelli’s new book addresses one of today’s major conundrums: why do so many jobs in America remain unfilled in the face of persistently high unemployment? With so many concerned observers looking to the government to solve the jobs crisis, Cappelli’s book is a refreshing and highly readable treatise on the roles and responsibilities of the private sector in matching job seekers to jobs. A must-read for those interested in how to get US employment back on track.”
“Peter Cappelli has produced a valuable and very readable examination of the important, but often misunderstood, skills gap problem. He punctures many common myths and outlines a sensible way to better match the demand for, and supply of, skills.”
“It is high time to dismiss a silo approach to education and workforce and focus on the overall objective of these efforts, which is ensuring that every American has access to a training mechanism that will allow them to maximize their human potential. Such an approach requires greater engagement of corporate human resource departments, training providers and government leaders. Bravo to Dr. Cappelli for highlighting the importance of taking a supply chain approach to worker training and public-private partnerships.”
USA Today, September 30, 2014
Where The Jobs Are: The New Blue Collar
“There’s a new middle. It’s tougher, and takes more skill,” says Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
USA TODAY looked at jobs data in 125 of the nation’s largest metros, finding that prospects look good.
Forbes.com, September 22, 2014
Why So Many Job Postings Are So Ridiculous
If you’ve been looking for a job recently, chances are you’ve stumbled upon at least a few impossible job postings. You know, the type that lists mile-long requirements, demands unrealistic workloads (often with underwhelming compensation) and leaves you shaking your head in disbelief.
USAToday.com, August 10, 2012
Companies’ Training Cuts Add to Jobless Woes
Companies have dramatically cut training programs for new employees, experts say, worsening a skills gap that’s keeping them from finding qualified job candidates and pushing up unemployment.
NYTimes.com, July 09, 2012
If There's a Gap, Blame It on the Employer
In the midst of the greatest surplus of talent in modern times, many employers nevertheless say that they cannot find people to hire. For every anecdote about employers who cannot find good candidates, though, there are a dozen stories of highly qualified candidates struggling even to be seen by employers.
Links for Further Reading
The Center for Human Resourceshttp://chr.wharton.upenn.edu/#id=chr&num=2
Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM: In the Workplacehttp://businessradio.wharton.upenn.edu/programs/in-the-workplace/