“Even if the Fed kept QE3 going for a while, we have some other challenges. One is a skills mismatch: there are plenty of job openings in health care, and plenty of people looking for work who are high school dropouts. We have lots of openings for computer programmers and engineers, and plenty of college grads with degrees in art and journalism. QE3 cannot fix that mismatch.” –Bill Conerly, economist and contributing editor with Forbes magazineThe quote above from a recent article by Bill Conerly hits pretty close to home in trucking, one would think. I mean, let’s face it: whatever your take concerning the ongoing truck driver shortage, fewer and fewer younger workers want pilot big rigs for a living – and it’s not just solely a U.S. problem, either.
Obviously, there are serious issues regarding pay and home time that are turning people off to the truck driving career, but there’s also a serious disconnect between the skill sets – and mind sets – of many younger workers and the realities of the workaday world.
Take for example a recent survey by online recruiting software provider Bullhorn, which discerned – among other things – that a 55-year old with a steady employment history is easier for recruiters to place in a new job than a 30-year-old job hopper.
Bullhorn’s anonymous survey of 1,500 recruiters and hiring managers reveals that job hopping, a path often taken by the younger workforce, has long-lasting implications on a resume – with 39% of recruiters calling “job hopping” (leaving a company before one year of tenure) the single biggest obstacle for an unemployed candidate in regaining employment.
Another 31% of those recruiters added that being out of work for more than a year is another huge challenge in regaining employment, followed by having gaps in employment history (28%).
While Bullhorn’s survey addressed the job market in broad terms, many of its findings I think still hold interest for trucking companies and driver candidates alike:
Art Papas (at right), founder and CEO of Bullhorn, noted that while much of the information above may seem very negative to those seeking work, it can prove vital to helping folks reshape their understanding of what factors are at play in job market.
“One of the most frustrating elements of a job search is the silence – not knowing whether you’re even being considered for an interview. We wanted to help shed some light on what goes on in the minds of recruiters,” he explained.
“Being informed can help candidates avoid certain traps and increase their likelihood of getting a job,” Papas added. “The bottom line is that recruiters understand what their clients value most and certain factors, whether controllable or not, will impact a person’s chances of landing a job.”