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
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. Download and start listening now!