“Skills gap” preventing job candidates from getting hired

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – “The skills gap,” it’s when employers raise the bar, and many job candidates no longer qualify.

The gap can hurt job seekers, and employers, who are letting job openings stay open for much longer.

Not being able to fill vacant jobs can cost employers hundreds of dollars every day. William Lamagdelaine of Springfield told 22News it also doesn’t sound promising for the economy. “A lot more homeless people, I think people are going to start losing their houses. I just think it’s unfair,” he said.

65-percent of job postings for secretaries who work for executives require a college degree. On average, 30 people apply to every job posting, but than 20-percent of those candidates meet the qualifications. Springfield resident Kamazia Mims told 22News she thinks that’s a big problem. “Where’s their opportunity, you know? Some people are very committed, and hardworking, but no one’s giving them a chance,” she said.

Konrad Rogowski of Future Works Career Center says that doesn’t mean the job market is only for the best and brightest, but it does mean you’ll probably have to ask yourself some serious questions before applying for a job. “How do they sell themselves in front of that employer to make sure that they are able to really expound on their background, and why they are the right candidate?” he said.

Economists also say too many Americans are focused on going to college when there are plenty of jobs available that require specific skills, but not a degree.

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