One of HR’s biggest topics of debate has been the skills gap and how to adapt recruiting strategies in response to those disparities between talent and vacant roles. But recruiters aren’t the only frustrated party trying to overcome this employment hurdle. A nationwide CareerBuilder study* found that 41 percent of workers wish they had more guidance when choosing their career.
“The skills gap in our country is in large part an ‘information gap’ – many young people are unaware of jobs that are in high-demand, pay well, and are aligned with what they’re passionate about,” says Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of “The Talent Equation.” To answer that challenge, CareerBuilder and economists at its subsidiary Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) created www.findyourcalling.com to offer career insights based on an individual’s answers and skills. Ferguson adds, “Find Your Calling is our way to help solve the youth unemployment problem in the U.S. and replace guesswork with eye-opening data needed to choose the right career.”
What does this mean for you?
Empowering job seekers who are struggling with the skills gap can be as simple as pointing them to quality resources like career assessment interviews or tests to see where their true talents lie.
For instance, with the website “Find Your Calling,” based on answers for a simple, interactive personality test, the student is presented with top careers that match their interests, which he or she can explore by diving further into associated career options. Find Your Calling offers details about each specific occupation, including average salary and market demand, as well as an overview of the required education, including associated majors and schools that specialize in the field. Students can mold their career path by coming back to the site as many times as desired.
Visit www.findyourcalling.com to check it out for yourself, and share as a resource for students and job seekers in need of career assessments and resources.
*CareerBuilder’s “The Shocking Truth About the Skills Gap” report, 2014