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How Gaps in Skills Impact the Growing US Economy

How Will Gaps in Skills Impact the Growing US Economy?

It is impossible to ignore the skills gap that exists in today's labor market.  Thousands of job openings go unfilled because far too many individuals lack the requisite skills to perform these jobs.

Four years after the Great Recession, good paying jobs remain scarce and unemployment painfully high.  According to some employers,good jobs that do exist can go unfilled for lack of qualified workers. The best jobs – jobs that pay well with benefits are often in health care, high-tech and finance. All require advanced training or years of school. The challenge is to find workers with the right skills, or quickly provide those skills, to support the economic recovery and lift the long-term unemployed out of an ever deepening hole.”

One hopeful spot – public and private partnerships for job retraining offers a possible solution. But the commitment to an overall solution is necessary to reverse some worrisome trends.

Long-term joblessness is alarmingly high. The longer people remain unemployed or underemployed – working in low-paying jobs without benefits or opportunities for advancement the more difficult it will be for them to land a good job.

Without public and private investment in job retraining, workplace experts warn of a permanent underclass of workers trapped in low-skill, low-wage jobs. Employers need to invest more in joint education and job-training programs to fill the thousands of jobs nationally that remain unfilled due to the lack of qualified candidates. Colleges, employers, federal, state and local governments need to collaborate to expand education and training programs that connect adult learners to jobs.

At a time when our nation is focused on job creation and economic recovery, addressing adult education is critical. These programs should be viewed as an important investment in people and our growing economy.”

You can develop the emotional intelligence skills you may need by working with a professional coach. The investment is well worth the reward: your ability to influence the future, your career and your personal-development capabilities.

Working Resources is a San Francisco Bay Area Executive Coaching Firm Helping Innovative Companies and Law Firms Assess, Select, Coach, Engage  and Retain Emotionally Intelligent Leaders; Executive Coaching; Leadership Development; Performance-Based Interviewing; Competency Modeling; Succession Management; Culture Change; Career Coaching and Leadership Retreats

...About Dr. Maynard Brusman

Dr. Maynard Brusman
Consulting Psychologist and Executive Coach
Trusted Advisor to Senior Leadership Teams

Dr. Maynard Brusman is a consulting psychologist and executive coach. He is the president of Working Resources, a leadership consulting and executive coaching firm. We specialize in helping San Francisco Bay Area companies select and develop emotionally intelligent leaders.  Maynard is a highly sought-after speaker and workshop leader. He facilitates leadership retreats in Northern California and Costa Rica. The Society for Advancement of Consulting (SAC) awarded Dr. Maynard Brusman "Board Approved" designations in the specialties of Executive Coaching and Leadership Development.

“Maynard Brusman is one of the foremost coaches in the United States. He utilizes a wide variety of assessments in his work with senior executives and upper level managers, and is adept at helping his clients both develop higher levels of emotional intelligence and achieve breakthrough business results. As a senior leader in the executive coaching field, Dr. Brusman brings an exceptional level of wisdom, energy, and creativity to his work.” — Jeffrey E. Auerbach, Ph.D., President, College of Executive Coaching

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