Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Chasing purple squirrels

A post by Ken Jarboe entitled Our flawed human capital system talks about an interview with Peter Cappelli relating to the theme of why good people can't get jobs:

What companies are doing, says Cappelli, is searching for the "purple squirrel" -- the unique, unusual, and perfect candidate.

The last line of the post was of interest:

Better for companies to create their own "purple squirrels" than wait around to that elusive creature to show up on the doorstep.

A different viewpoint on obtaining qualified people was discussed in the IPBiz post
Startup Act 2.0: are you turning up your nose at $150K/year jobs? , wherein it was suggested, by one Congressman Michael G. Grimm, that qualified people were turning down available jobs. An audio is available of that most remarkable argument.

Separately, in a sense other than intended by Jarboe, companies sometimes do create "purple squirrel" positions, in "wiring" certain job postings so that only one person in the whole world can literally qualify.

But totally agree with Jarboe as to Attacking the perceived lack of workforce skills has been the centerpiece of public policy. But if that is not really the problem, then we need to re-focus... because "the perceived lack of workforce skills" is NOT the problem.

As to Cappelli: Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs: The Skills Gap and What Companies Can Do About It In paperback; ISBN: 9781613630143

Note separately, William Bridges, Jobshift: How To Prosper In A Workplace Without Jobs, on the dejobbing of America.


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