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Nearly 2 in 5 Employers Have Jobs Open 4+ Months Due to a Skills Gap

talent statisticsIf you paid attention to the latest jobs report, you’ll know that the U.S. added 204,000 jobs in October – 84,000 MORE than the 120,000 jobs economists were expecting. Even though there were some cheers heard the day this report came out, the employment landscape is far from a bed of roses.

Consider this: Nearly two in five employers (39 percent) have jobs that stay open four months or longer because employers are unable to find candidates with the right skills, according to CareerBuilder’s 2013 Candidate Behavior Study.

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What does this mean for employers? Well, it’s incumbent upon employers to do their part to close the skills gap – and luckily we have a list of practical tips to use as a starting point.

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Deanna Hartley

About Deanna Hartley

Deanna Hartley is a senior copywriter and community manager on the creative services team at CareerBuilder, where she writes about issues that are top of mind for employers and recruiters – including talent acquisition, employee engagement and retention. An avid social media user, Deanna is the face behind @CBforEmployers on Twitter as well as CBforEmployers’ Facebook and Instagram pages, so it’s easy to stay connected with her. Prior to joining CareerBuilder, Deanna was a senior editor for the Human Capital Media Group, publishers of Talent Management, Chief Learning Officer, Diversity Executive and Workforce Management magazines. Deanna holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She loves caffeine, social media, pop culture and dogs – though not necessarily in that order.

This stat is a lie. I have friends who like me is qualified but can't get a job. Take me for example: 3.69 GPA in mechanical engineering from CUNY. Got recruited by Teach for America and taught Physics and AP physics in low income schools in Houston. 4 design projects, awarded best ME project at my college in my year. Designed products for a luxury company in Brooklyn and featured in a design magazine, while I was a student. 3 research assistant ships including at IBM all this while working 20hrs a week as a website designer and IT support to survive. I am sure those experiences have given me more than the skills they require. Yet 70apps later and not a single interview. I can't believe it. Tell me what skills you think I lack? Had my resume reviewed and was told it was impressive. I am wondering where did I go wrong.

cbforemployers moderator

There’s no question that job searching gets harder after 50. Although age discrimination is illegal, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Many employers have preconceived notions about older workers. Among the most common: Their salaries are high, their energy is low and they’re not up-to-date on the latest technologies.

In today’s economy, the job search is taking longer for people of all ages, so it’s important not to give up hope. We also have plenty of useful resources and tips for job seekers after 50. 

To start, take a look at this 4-part series on job hunting after 50:

·Job hunting after 50: A personal inventory

·Job hunting after 50: Brand building and marketing

·Job hunting after 50: Preparing yourself

·Job hunting after 50: Trial runs and a review

And: Your guide to job searching after 50                

More tips here:, and there are also a lot of useful/informative videos to help you find and land a job on our YouTube channel:  


First, it is competently not true that  companies can't find qualified candidates for specific jobs. I am qualified, experienced, but over 50+ and they will not even talk to you when they find out your age. I cant even get a job as a Janitor. I am professional Painter with 25 years of experience, also Maintenance, but like i said, Over 200 applications (any full-time jobs) and only 2 calls, but again my age is in away. I even taught about suicide. At this point i am trying to survive, but not surprising no friends in sight when i need them. I am really  close to give-up and i am scared 


I am sorry that you are going through that. It's not right.

cbforemployers moderator

@varazdinec Thank you for reaching out to us and please know that we are here to help you. We are going to connect you to one of our expert Career Coachesto guide you in your job search. Please be watching for an email from us later today.


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