WHO SAYS THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF QUALIFIED CANDIDATES?
In almost any publication or news release today, you will hear that there is a nationwide shortage of workers for hundreds of thousands of open positions from entry level to the executive suite. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth!
Across the country, there is a surplus of valuable and qualified talent who find themselves outside of consideration simply because they are labeled as a veteran, disabled, elderly, or, someone with a criminal record.
Talent acquisition professionals have become so accustomed to rounding up the usual list of candidates who have learned how to create the perfect looking resume, that they often forget to drill down deep enough to find out that all that glitters is not gold. However, the pockets of gold that you are searching for may be right in front of you.
Statistics from many sources including Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), reveal that the presumption that workers in these categories are incapable or performing at or above the level of others is complete fallacy. In fact, workers in these categories often outperform their co-workers as they are usually more motivated and appreciative of having the opportunity to make a valuable contribution.
Talent acquisition professionals and their organizations should learn to move past what appears on the face of a resume and spend more time trying to find a reason to hire candidates as opposed to reasons to disqualify them. Below are some links to provide additional information for each of the categories discussed.