Old Jobs Require New Skills
At 5:30 am on October 11, 2010
While the number of job openings remains historically low, some companies are having difficulty finding qualified candidates to fill those jobs.
As companies have downsized and pressed for higher productivity, employees have taken on the responsibilities of their laid-off coworkers. As a result, filling openings for these broader jobs has become increasingly difficult as fewer workers have the diverse skill set needed. For example, system analyst and business analyst jobs have been combined at some companies, accountants and now being asked to do financial analysis, and assembly workers are programming computers.
It's a catch-22 for jobseekers as there are 4.6 people competing for every job opening these days. That compares to 1.8 candidates per opening just before the recession.
Employers want "two skill sets in one human being," says Harry Griendling, chief executive of DoubleStar Inc., a staffing firm outside Philadelphia.
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