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Workforce Readiness 

The Society for Human Resource Management believes that government and employers play a role in providing worker training and development opportunities to maintain a skilled labor force. SHRM also is committed to helping HR professionals remove the barriers that may prevent qualified workers from being fully considered for jobs—particularly because of their long-term unemployment status.

 

 

 WORKFORCE READINESS NEWS

 

Apprenticeship Programs Gain Little Traction in U.S.
Apprenticeships, a staple of educational systems across Europe, are lagging in the U.S. Some business, education and government leaders in this country are trying to change that, but many acknowledge that they face a tough challenge.

DOL Proposes Rules Addressing the Workforce Skills Gap
Proposed regulations implementing the sweeping Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), were announced April 16, 2015, by the departments of Education and Labor.

Video Interviews Help Address Long-Term Unemployment
HR and hiring managers began using video interviewing to simplify the hiring process and increase access to a wider range of talent, but some companies have found that the technology can also help address one of the country’s most vexing problems: long-term unemployment.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: What It Means for HR Professionals, October 2014
 
Long-Term Unemployment Best Practices and Pledge
From the White House (PDF)
Commit to these inclusive hiring best practices and help remove barriers for qualified long-term unemployed job seekers applying to work at your organization.

It's Time to Think Differently about the Long-Term Unemployed
SHRM Press Release
Declaring long-term unemployment a significant challenge to the country’s economic recovery, the Society for Human Resource Management has joined a White House effort to address the problem that affects more than 4 million Americans.

The Long-Term Unemployed: How to Make Sure
You Are Not Overlooking Skilled Talent
Guide for HR
Follow these steps to ensure that recruiting and hiring practices do not intentionally or inadvertently disadvantage individuals from being considered for a job based solely on unemployment status.


How to Effectively Market Yourself for a Job
When You've Been Long-Term Unemployed

Guide for Jobseekers
Having a resume with gaps in work history can pose a challenge, albeit not an insurmountable one, for job seekers. SHRM members offer the following advice to help you, as a job seeker, put your best foot forward.

Tips for Jobseekers
Use these tips to craft a great resume, ace the interview and land the job.

Long-Term Share of the Unemployed, by State in 2013
This chart, created by the Economic Policy Institute, shows the share of the unemployed who have been jobless for 27 weeks or more.

Addressing the Negative Cycle of Long-Term Unemployment
Report from the White House (PDF)

 

 LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT: NEWS

 
HR Can Boost Workers' Skills Under New Job Training Law
In addition to giving young people job-ready skills, the new federal law revamping workforce training programs will help businesses enhance the knowledge of existing employees.
 
Jobs Training Bill Now Law        
A jobs training bill designed to untangling a complex web of federal workforce training programs and help unemployed U.S. workers get the skills they need to find jobs was signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 22, 2014.
 

Long-Term Unemployed Find Jobs Through Hope, Perseverance
Through the efforts of groups like Charlotte Works, employers are getting the message, and attitudes about offering opportunities to long-term unemployed workers are improving.

DOL Launches Program for Long-Term Unemployed

Unemployment's Long-Term Problem

Obama Urges Employers to Hire Long-Term Unemployed

Invest in Older Workers
HR Magazine 

In California, Lingering Concerns over Exclusion of Unemployed
SHRM Online Legal Issues

N.Y.: Grants Promote Hiring of Long-Term Unemployed
SHRM Online Legal Issues

 

 Job Market at a Glance

 
Unemployment Percent

5.3%

Unemployment rate in 
 June 2015
Jobs Created

223,000

Jobs created in 
 June 2015
Job Openings

5.4 million

Job openings in 
 April 2015

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

The SHRM Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®) Monthly Report

JULY 2015 MANUFACTURING SERVICES
Employment Expectations -7.3
 
+1.3

Recruiting Difficulty +7.8
+8.2
 
New-Hire Compensation +4.4

+1.6
 

Read the full report

 

 FROM SHRM'S CEO

 

Hank Jackson, SHRM president and CEOIn the February 2014 issue of HR Magazine, Hank Jackson, SHRM president and CEO, urges HR professionals to "recognize the human capital potential in the ranks of the long-term unemployed."

 

 In the News

 
 

 Research

 

NEW SHRM Research Overview: Workforce Readiness and Skills Shortages

SHRM research suggests that many HR professionals are having trouble finding applicants with the right skills and qualifications for a substantial number of jobs.

Recruiting and Skills Gaps
This research, part of the Ongoing Impact of the Recession series, examines recruiting and skill gaps in U.S. organizations.

 

 Featured Videos

 
How JAG Works
Ken Smith, president of Jobs for America's Graduates, discusses key elements of the organization's efforts to help at-risk youth obtain an education and employment.
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