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Recruiters find it difficult to find the right talent, survey says

Posted on July 12th, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Despite a rise in the unemployment rate – the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported it climbed to 9.2 percent in June – one survey is predicting the job market will stabilize as businesses begin to increase hiring of contract workers and full-time employees.

"Employers need to focus on aligning skills with their business objectives," said Jeffrey Joerres, chairman and CEO of survey sponsor ManpowerGroup. "The recruitment process is increasingly sophisticated and focused on real-time needs that align market demands, employer business and talent development strategies."

However, the company's 2011 Talent Shortage Survey also noted that human resources administrations are experiencing increased difficulty finding the right talent. According to the study, 52 percent of U.S. employers have had trouble contracting qualified workers – a 14 percent increase since 2010.

Furthermore, the company cited that finding the right employees in today's economy will require a hiring strategy that looks at factors such as demographic shifts, emerging markets and new technology.

Many HR departments are even including personality tests as part of the hiring process to assess candidates' fit with company culture as well as their level of creativity.

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