Could the Founding Fathers hold the talent acquisition solution?
The Opportunity Nation Coalition published a study last week indicating “Almost 6 million [people aged 16 to 24] are neither in school nor working.” Additionally, veterans are coming home from serving our country with great teamwork skills and discipline, but are unable to provide for their families. Yet HR departments across the country bemoan the lack of qualified candidates for the 3.7 million job openings unable to be filled. This is because of what HR collectively calls the “skills gap,” which we have been trying to bridge for over a decade.
Let’s start calling it what it really is: The “compromise gap”
The compromise gap is when both parties stop blaming each other for the gap, and recognize that they must meet in the middle. Employers need to invest in substantial training and career planning, and the unemployed need to adjust their expectations. As long as HR continues to call it a “skills gap,” implying the onus is on the candidate to bring all the qualifications to the table, we will continue to have this issue.