Not sure how many of you out there are faithful Wall Street Journal readers, but for those that missed it, there was a very thought-provoking article published yesterday by David Wessel that discusses the role computerized resume scanners now play in the modern hiring process — and the repercussions this development has created on the job market, as a whole.
You’ll find the article here. And if you have time, make sure to read some of the 200+ comments posted below the article itself, which raise some great points and deepen the conversation immensely. I even laughed out loud at some of them. The WSJ attracts some witty commenters, it seems, and there were a few running tussles in the discussion thread that reminded me a bit of the old Jerry Springer show.
At any rate, this article chronicles an important debate we need to be having as a country, echoing some of the themes I had discussed in one of my Seattle Times columns a while back, here.
Whenever I ponder this question in depth, myself, chickens and eggs come to mind. Is the problem that we don’t have enough jobs in this country? Or that we don’t have enough qualified workers with the right talents to fill those jobs? Or that we DO have enough qualified workers, but the newfangled screening technologies and HR practices at many companies aren’t flexible and open-minded enough to recognize this reality?
If you’re between jobs at the moment, I have a strong hunch you’ll find yourself leaning toward option #3 above. And I wouldn’t blame you one bit. But I truly think all three of the above realities play a role in the mix and that this confluence of factors has led to a “perfect storm” of sorts, contributing to the sluggishness of the economic recovery.
So give the article a quick read, when you get the chance, and let me know your thoughts. Given the various “camps” of folks (e.g. job hunters, HR professionals, recruiters, hiring managers) who follow my blog, I’d love to hear your own personal perspective on this issue and where you think the root of the unemployment problem really lies right now.
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