Open job numbers rise, Hiring lags behind

August 15, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released figures showing the number of open jobs across the United States at the end of June reached a 13 year high. Four point seven million positions were open, up a tenth of a point since May. The bureau said there has been little change in the numbers since January, but the trend of open jobs on a monthly basis has seen a small uptick of 159,000. Staffing agencies continue to try to fill the positions with top-notch recruits but are only seeing an incremental rise in hiring during the referenced time frame.

Why aren't open jobs being filled?
A CBS Money Watch report explained that not all posted jobs are intended to be filled. Many times companies post to pad their resume files for future openings. Sometimes a company hires an internal candidate for a posted job, and other times a change in the business model can render a position obsolete. Searching for the perfect candidate is another reason some jobs don't get filled, said the story 

Skills gap
Many candidates are simply not trained well enough to be hired for many posted jobs. Because industrial sectors are among businesses hiring, staffing companies have found that they can't get enough people thoroughly trained in industry practices. This dearth of training is one of the major reasons why jobs aren't filled, explained Money Watch. The story added that while looking for a dream job is a good aspiration, being prepared to settle for a position less than the ideal one is a good mind set for a job candidate to possess. The Money Watch article added that  training is critical but also having the flexibility to relocate could come in handy during a job search.

When looking to fill a posted position, a candidate should be able to explain how they would fit in a non-ideal situation. Touting quick learning skills and the willingness to adapt can often put a job seeker to the front of the pack in a hiring manager's eyes. Money Watch further advised not to quit a job while searching. Many companies will bypass someone who is out of work, so staying in a bad job situation while searching is always advisable, according to the report.

Speaking directly with hiring managers is a good idea, and by doing that a candidate is able to extol their skills and virtues to a person with the authority to hire immediately. Doing that can save time and alleviate frustration for everyone involved in the process.