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Publisher's Summary

Peter Cappelli confronts the myth of the skills gap and provides an actionable path forward to put people back to work.
Even in a time of perilously high unemployment, companies contend that they cannot find the employees they need. Pointing to a skills gap, employers argue applicants are simply not qualified; schools aren't preparing students for jobs; the government isn't letting in enough high-skill immigrants; and even when the match is right, prospective employees won't accept jobs at the wages offered.
In this powerful audiobook, Peter Cappelli, Wharton management professor and director of Wharton's Center for Human Resources, debunks the arguments and exposes the real reasons good people can't get hired. Drawing on jobs data, anecdotes from all sides of the employer-employee divide, and interviews with jobs professionals, he explores the paradoxical forces bearing down on the American workplace and lays out solutions that can help us break through what has become a crippling employer-employee stand-off.
Among the questions he confronts: Is there really a skills gap? To what extent is the hiring process being held hostage by automated software that can crunch thousands of applications an hour? What kind of training could best bridge the gap between employer expectations and applicant realities, and who should foot the bill for it? Are schools really at fault?
Named one of HR Magazine's Top 20 Most Influential Thinkers of 2011, Cappelli not only changes the way we think about hiring but points the way forward to rev America's job engine again.
©2012 Peter Cappelli (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC
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3 out of 5 stars
By Duck on 06-10-17

great way to understand the current jobs dilemma

only if the book were a bit longer to support more of the ideas and frustrations discussed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By William on 06-08-16

Easy to read, thought provoking

I enjoyed comparisons to other countries and the deep knowledge and history. Excellent insight and perspective!

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By DEREK on 05-14-17

The apparent myth of the skills gap

Would you listen to Why Good People Can't Get Jobs again? Why?

Yes. Terrific insight.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Why Good People Can't Get Jobs?

The book made me think more about why young graduates need to look for jobs with companies that will invest in them through CPD programmes. Companies need to see the dividend in employee CPD training, even if only plan to employ those staff for short fixed term contracts. Do employees today want the same job for life? Do employers want the same employees for life? No they don't. So how do employers and employees create a win win? Listen to this book and find out.

What does Don Hagen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The book is a good listen on your daily commute.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This is not a funny book, more a useful reality check.

Any additional comments?

Great listen. I'll certainly look for more Peter Cappelli audiobooks.

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