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Why good people can’t get jobs


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This webinar with renowned Wharton professor and author Peter Cappelli, is the first in the NERETA series "National Jobs Crisis Brainstorming sessions." This webinar was hosted by NERETA in December, 21013. This webinar unravels the mysterious "skills gap" (does one really exist?)

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Why good people can’t get jobs

  1. 1. Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs… the skills gap and what companies can do about it. NERETA National Jobs Crisis Brainstorming session #1 With PETER CAPPELLI
  2. 2. Hiring from college is not a big practice…
  3. 3. Despite this…
  4. 4. Employers complain they can’t find people to hire… Source: Manpower survey
  5. 5. But Most Americans are Overqualified for their Jobs* * And the gap is growing . See Education and its Discontents: Overqualification in America, 1972-2002. Stephen Vaisey. Social Forces, 88:121-146. See also Handel, Michael J. 2003. "Skills Mismatch in the Labor Market." Annual Review of Sociology 29:135165.
  6. 6. Paul Harrington, Drexel University
  7. 7. JOB Title Being overqualified: College grads bump high school grads (educational attainment of persons in jobs requiring less than a high school diploma, 2010, for Wisconsin ) % WITH SOME COLLEGE %=BA % Total OR ASSOCIATE DEGREE Parking Lot Attendants Retail Salespersons Bartenders Waiters and Waitresses Counter and Retail Clerks Stock Clerks Cashiers Ushers, Lobby Attendants and ticket takers 56.1 40.8 43.9 41.9 37.2 33.1 33.1 23.0 4.1 19.3 12.7 7.0 10.5 6.9 6.1 14.3 60.2 60.1 56.6 48.9 47.7 40.0 39.2 37.3 SOURCE: Marc V. Levine The Skills Gap and Unemployment in Wisconsin: Separating Fact from Fiction. University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Center for Economic Development 2013
  8. 8. Top Factors in Finding a Good Job Source: Career Advisory Board Job Preparedness Indicator 2012
  9. 9. To see the rest of this presentation… • You may purchase the webinar at (December 2013 webinar) To get the entire slide deck only, contact NERETA by email at