Why Good People Can't Get Jobs: The Skills Gap and What Companies Can Do About It [NOOK Book]

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Peter Cappelli confronts the myth of the skills gap and provides an actionable path forward to put people back to work.

Even in a time of perilously high unemployment, companies contend that they cannot find the employees they need. Pointing to a skills gap, employers argue applicants are simply not qualified; schools aren't preparing students for jobs; the government isn't...
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Why Good People Can't Get Jobs: The Skills Gap and What Companies Can Do About It

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Overview


Peter Cappelli confronts the myth of the skills gap and provides an actionable path forward to put people back to work.

Even in a time of perilously high unemployment, companies contend that they cannot find the employees they need. Pointing to a skills gap, employers argue applicants are simply not qualified; schools aren't preparing students for jobs; the government isn't letting in enough high-skill immigrants; and even when the match is right, prospective employees won’t accept jobs at the wages offered.

In this powerful and fast-reading book, Peter Cappelli, Wharton management professor and director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources, debunks the arguments and exposes the real reasons good people can’t get hired. Drawing on jobs data, anecdotes from all sides of the employer-employee divide, and interviews with jobs professionals, he explores the paradoxical forces bearing down on the American workplace and lays out solutions that can help us break through what has become a crippling employer-employee stand-off.

Among the questions he confronts: Is there really a skills gap? To what extent is the hiring process being held hostage by automated software that can crunch thousands of applications an hour? What kind of training could best bridge the gap between employer expectations and applicant realities, and who should foot the bill for it? Are schools really at fault?

Named one of HR Magazine’s Top 20 Most Influential Thinkers of 2011, Cappelli not only changes the way we think about hiring but points the way forward to rev America’s job engine again.
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Editorial Reviews

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“Provocative.” —Rick Wartzman, Forbes

“Explodes the 'skills gap' explanation favored by many corporate leaders and human resources consultants."
—Jena McGregor, The Washington Post

“Peter Cappelli’s new book addresses one of today’s major conundrums: why do so many jobs in America remain unfilled in the face of persistently high unemployment? With so many concerned observers looking to the government to solve the jobs crisis, Cappelli’s book is a refreshing and highly readable treatise on the roles and responsibilities of the private sector in matching job seekers to jobs. A must-read for those interested in how to get US employment back on track.”
—Jennifer Blanke, Lead Economist, World Economic Forum

“Peter Cappelli has produced a valuable and very readable examination of the important, but often misunderstood, skills gap problem. He punctures many common myths and outlines a sensible way to better match the demand for, and supply of, skills.”
—Ray Marshall, Rapoport Centennial Chair of Economics and Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, and Former Secretary of Labor

“It is high time to dismiss a silo approach to education and workforce and focus on the overall objective of these efforts, which is ensuring that every American has access to a training mechanism that will allow them to maximize their human potential. Such an approach requires greater engagement of corporate human resource departments, training providers and government leaders. Bravo to Dr. Cappelli for highlighting the importance of taking a supply chain approach to worker training and public-private partnerships.”
—Cordell Carter, Former Vice President, Public Policy, Business Roundtable

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613630136
  • Publisher: Wharton Digital Press
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 609,600
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Peter Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources. His recent research examines changes in employment relations in the U.S. and their implications. Cappelli writes a monthly column on workforce issues for Human Resource Executive Online and has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, and other news venues. His books include Managing the Older Worker: How to Prepare for the New Organizational Order (with Harbir Singh, Jitendra Singh, and Michael Useem), The India Way: How India’s Business Leaders are Revolutionizing Management, Talent on Demand: Managing Talent in the Age of Uncertainty, and The New Deal at Work: Managing the Market-Driven Workforce.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface
Introduction

Chapter 1: Why Aren’t the Vacancies Being Filled?
Chapter 2: The Skills Gap Debate: Deconstructing Demand
Chapter 3: Workforce Facts and Myths: Parsing Supply
Chapter 4: Something Is Wrong with the Hiring Process
Chapter 5: A Training Gap, Not a Skills Gap
Chapter 6: A Way Forward

Conclusion
Notes
About the Author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    Concise and relavent

    This book does a fabulous job going beyond what "everybody knows" about the skills gap. It examines how businesses bear some of the blame due to the way they search for and screen applicants. A refreshing dose of common sense that should be read by anyone in HR, any CEO, and anyone with a general interest in the labor market.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    Cuts through the political double speak

    Peter Cappelli cuts through the political double speak surrounding the complex issue of jobs. He peals back the sound bite explanations of pundits revealing some surprising reasons for the jobs gap. Written in a easily accessible style. Cappelli explores different influences and how implementing solutions will be a challenge.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

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    Highly Recommended for C-Suite Execs, HR, and Recruiters

    Without a doubt, Peter Cappelli hits the nail on the head with this book. A popular reference on LinkedIn by the unemployed, anyone in a position to make hiring decisions, or even selecting candidates for interviews, should read this before they go through the next pile of resumes.

    Short and easy to read, Mr. Cappelli addresses head on the issues facing the unemployed and how decision-makers are not helping themselves by ignoring the talent within the demographic of the unemployed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    Spot on diagnosis, but lacks concrete guidance for the job seeker.

    The author does a great job of analzing the current inefficiencies in the US labor markets. He calls companies, HR managers, and hiring managers out on the carpet to answer for their role in the broken hiring process that exists in many companies today. I wish he had spent more time on how the job seeker can navigate the process and get hired eithout being that "unicorn" described in the book. It is a very short read.

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  • Posted July 5, 2012

    I can't speak to this book

    I ordered but never received this book and so cannot give a review for it.

    Barnes and Noble cancelled my order for this book saying that they were unable to acquire it.

    0 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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