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The Job Expectations Gap: Rethinking Perceptions of a Good Job and a Good Employee

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There are millions of unfilled job and millions of American looking for jobs—this all doesn't add up! This is partly due to the fact that employers and job seekers have different expectations in regards to the role of college degrees and skill levels.

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The Job Expectations Gap: Rethinking Perceptions of a Good Job and a Good Employee

  1. 1. Rethinking Perceptions of a Good Job and a Good Employee www.learningexpresssolutions.com THE JOB EXPECTATIONS GAP:
  2. 2. In April 2014 (U.S. Dept. of Labor (1)) 4.5 million JOBS AVAILABLE
  3. 3. In April 2014 (U.S. Dept. of Labor (2)) 92 million AMERICANS LOOKING FOR WORK
  4. 4. Simple math and logic are at odds here—there are plenty of Americans looking for work to fill the available jobs This all doesn’t add up!
  5. 5. So what’s up with that?
  6. 6. (Inc.com) The labor statistics provide some clues:
  7. 7. (Inc.com) 4 IN 10 EMPLOYERS REPORT DIFFICULTY FILLING VACANT POSITIONS
  8. 8. (Inc.com) 53% OF EMPLOYERS FACE “MAJOR CHALLENGES” RECRUITING NON- MANAGERIAL TALENT
  9. 9. (Inc.com) 76% OF INC. 5000 CEOS REPORT FINDING QUALIFIED PEOPLE IS A “MAJOR PROBLEM”
  10. 10. When there are 20.4 times more people available than needed to fill 4.5 million jobs WHY?
  11. 11. Job-seekers’ and employers’ misconceptions about the need for a college degree have damaged the desirability of many available jobs
  12. 12. Employers’ and Job-seekers’ expectations are misaligned IN SHORT:
  13. 13. Employers too often search for “gold standard candidates” in a sea of applications, and view job-seekers without a college degree as under-qualified.
  14. 14. Job seekers who are qualified balk at blue collar or trades positions that historically don't require a college degree.
  15. 15. HOW CAN WE FIX THIS?
  16. 16. It’s time to bridge The Job Expectations Gap.
  17. 17. Employers can change their perception of what is a “GOOD EMPLOYEE”
  18. 18. Employers can train up their existing and future workforce with job training initiatives designed to quickly prepare capable, although not “A+ students,” as workers
  19. 19. Job-applicants can change their perception of what is a “GOOD JOB”
  20. 20. We often associate a good job with one that pays well—typically this means a “white collar” job.
  21. 21. BLUE COLLAR JOBS PAY WELL, TOO!
  22. 22. Consider average annual salaries for the following: (Forbes and Business Insider) Plumbers $51,830 Electricians $52,910 Subway and Streetcar Operators $59,400 Transport Inspectors $65,770 Elevator Installers and Repairers $73,560 Nuclear Power Reactor Operators $77,000 Construction Managers $95,000
  23. 23. Doing what you’re passionate about does not always lead to earning a decent living— doing what’s in demand does.
  24. 24. Many well-paying jobs are in demand, but the jobs are not easy…
  25. 25. BUT THEY ARE NECESSARY.
  26. 26. They provide things like clean, smooth roads, safe buildings & elevators, sanitary living conditions and more.
  27. 27. they make our standard of living possible. IN ESSENCE,
  28. 28. SO WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO SUCCEED?
  29. 29. It requires teaching and training the workforce to regain an “old school,” American work ethic:
  30. 30. - Mike Rowe (Rowe) Show up early, stay late and (develop) soft skills.“ ”
  31. 31. To do so, consider eLearning, a proven method to train up a workforce and arm them with necessary skills needed to succeed in any job:
  32. 32. Math eLearning Improves: Reading Writing Other Soft Skills and More
  33. 33. When considering eLearning, consider LearningExpress
  34. 34. solutions are easy, relevant and cost effective for identifying and training individuals for these in-demand jobs. LearningExpress
  35. 35. solutions will help you identify, train and retain workers willing to achieve and succeed in the available jobs. LearningExpress
  36. 36. solutions work to address skills gaps and adjust job expectations across many industries, including: LearningExpress • Industrial and Manufacturing • Retail and Service • Energy, Oil and Gas • Building and Construction • Travel & Tourism • And many more!
  37. 37. How are you handling your workforce soft-skills training? Continue the conversation with us. (646) 274-6434 SNolan@learningexpressllc.com www.learningexpresssolutions.com
  38. 38. 1. Inc.com: http://www.inc.com/magazine/201404/cait- murphy/skills-gap-in-the-labor-force.html 2. US Dept. Labor (1) http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/jolts.pdf 3. US Dept. Labor (2) http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.a.htm 4. Rowe: http://www.engineering.com/Education/EducationArticles/ ArticleID/7663/Mike-Rowe-Suggests-a-Solution-for-the-Skills- Gap.aspx 5. Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/efkk45ieei/20-high- paying-blue-collar-jobs/ 6. BusinessInsider http://www.businessinsider.com/blue-collar-jobs- college-2011-11 RESOURCES:

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