The last link didn’t m2 –
Few more tidbits -
A final factor is that, according to some experts, companies have become pickier amid the slow economy. Jeffrey Joerres, CEO of staffing firm Manpower Inc., said that with demand for their products weak, companies only want candidates who have all of the skills they are looking for, and if the companies can't find someone who fits the bill really well, they'll just leave the job unfilled.
Again, why don’t hire someone good with 70% of the needed skills and teach them the rest.
Union Pacific seem really naïve or real dicks –
After a website job posting, Ms. Bailey initially drew 58 applicants. Of them, she deemed about two dozen sufficiently qualified so that she invited them to take a $25 aptitude test, at their own expense.
She weeded out the unqualified then wanted the qualified applicants to pay $25 each to take an aptitude test? It costs money to hire. The job I’m in now made a recruiter $15K to find me and get me hired.
This doesn't require a bachelor's degree but demands technical skills gained either through an associates' degree or four years of experience in electronics. And it is grueling work. Technicians have to climb 50-foot communications towers, clamber up utility poles and work outdoors through Wyoming winters and Kansas summers.
They put in 10-hour days, in clusters of eight or ten days, and are routinely away from home more than half of each month. Apart from the necessary skills, said Union Pacific's construction manager for the Denver region, John Haberle, the job has two things that make attracting workers hard: the heights and the travel.
If they can’t get people to take a job that required long hours of grueling work and being away from the family 50% of the time, they’re going need to pay more.
It’s funny as an “educated” professional; it’s expected that a company will training you. I didn’t go to school to learn Java, WebSphere, SharePoint or C# and then find a job. They are skills that were required for a task or job and the company I worked for at the time either trained me or sent me to school to acquire the skill. Hell, my last company even dropped $25K on an MBA for me.
God forbid they invest a few dollars in there “non-college” educated work force.