In some industries, it is simply too difficult to hire workers with a particular skill set for a salary that the company is willing or able to pay. Rapid technological changes are responsible for much of this problem, but there are other, somewhat related factors that are also playing a role in how easy it is for employers to hire.
"There's a bit of a perfect storm that has happened as a result of all the trends that have played out in the last few years," Jason Warner, a principal at Recruiting Toolbox, told Dice.com.
Even though the U.S. is a relatively large country, many employees have been willing to move across several states for a new job. However, the recent economic downturn is making that more difficult. Warner said that about 25 percent of Americans owe more on their mortgages than what their house is worth. For this reason, it is extremely difficult for them to move.
Companies are then forced to narrow their talent searches to their more immediate area. But many local applicants are not relying on the traditional job application process. Instead, some are trying build build connections with employees already within the company in order to give themselves a leg up.
Though this can sound like a creative way to gather prospective employees, it is actually a problem for human resource departments, who have a harder time deciding who should move forward in the hiring process and who shouldn't.
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