3.Skilled Trades Workers
7.Accounting and Finance Staff
8.Information Technology Staff
9. Production Operators
10.Secretaries, Personal Assistants, Administrative Assistants and Office Support Staff
The list wasn’t so different when limited to employers in the U.S.A.:
1.Skilled Trade Laborers
5.Accounting and Finance Staff
6.Information Technology Staff
What are the reasons why these jobs are hard to fill? Employers gave the reasons they always give: lack of skills, lack of experience, and lack of “soft skills” like basic communication skills and the ability to work on a team.
I’ve always told college students that, when it comes to vocational questions, they should focus on their passions. Don’t, in other words, pursue a particular career path just because it seems lucrative or is a “hot” commodity in the hiring world. Going down that path will likely result in professional frustration. I would still say the same thing these days, but I would also encourage college students to take a look at lists like the ones above and see if their passions and interests fit any of the job descriptions. Because in this economy, college grads – and all job seekers – need every edge they can get.
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