Thursday, May 31, 2012

Talent Shortages

Talent Shortages in The Time of High Unemployment



48% of Indian employers struggle to find the right candidate

ManpowerGroup survey reveals persistent shortage in skilled trades, engineers, IT
Nearly Half of U.S. Employers Struggling to Fill Mission-Critical Positions

This is the story of the day. Those who thinks there are no opportunities they have to think twice before saying this. There are opportunities and more than enough opportunities for RIGHT KIND OF SKILLS. The right kind of skills are changing very fast. With changing time and economies one cannot think of getting good job with 20th century skills and qualification. These skills and qualifications needs to be upgraded to fulfill the needs of 21st century economy and needs.

In January 2011, at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, ManpowerGroup announced the world has entered the Human Age, where talent has replaced capital as the key competitive differentiator. This concept of talentism as the new capitalism continues to resonate and was echoed as a core theme of the 2012 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The battle for the right candidate continues to rage as 48% of Indian employers struggle to find the right candidate for the job. A study on Talent Shortage by staffing firm Manpower Group shows that although down by 19% from last year, India's hunt for suitable employees is high compared to global average of 34%.
The profiles on demand have also altered since same period last year. While it was difficult to hunt for R&D, sales manager and IT staff last year, this year the positions are for IT staff, marketing/public relations/communication staff and engineers. Personal assistants, call center operators, researchers are also hard to find this year
Lack of available candidates, technical competencies amongst those present, refusals to move to another location, poor image of the occupation, weak soft skills and demand for a higher salary have been key reasons in Asia Pacific for the posts to remain vacant.  Owing to high growth in the IT sector and increase in the social media presence of organizations, there has been a surge in the demand for IT staff and marketing/communications staff.  Access to talent is the key competitive differentiator in the Human Age, and the companies that succeed in this new ecosystem will be those that employ a comprehensive workforce strategy closely aligned with business strategy.
The world leader in innovative workforce solutions, warns employers, who are increasingly at peace with failing to find the right talent to fight the perception that specialized in-demand talent is out of reach and develop flexible workforce models comprised of contingent and permanent workers, in order to meet fluctuating demand for their products and services.
ManpowerGroup's 2012 Talent Shortage Survey, released along with the accompanying insights paper, "Break the Crisis and Complacency Cycle, Get Ahead of the Global Talent Shortage," shows the world is for the seventh year in a row gripped by an acute talent mismatch, as over a third (34%) of employers globally identify a lack of available skilled talent to their organizations. Despite this, a substantial proportion of employers indicate unfilled positions are expected to have little or no impact on key constituents, such as customers and investors; this proportion has grown from 36% in 2011 to 56% in 2012.
"Break the Crisis and Complacency Cycle, Get Ahead of the Global Talent Shortage," details specialized solutions ManpowerGroup has identified for winning today's talent wars, including: developing a workforce strategy, strategic migration, developing flexible work models, hyper specializing work among specialized workers, exploring untapped talent markets and expanding tapped talent markets.
The results of its seventh annual talent shortage survey, revealing 49 percent of U.S. employers are experiencing difficulty filling mission-critical positions within their organizations.
In the United States, the top 10 most difficult jobs to fill are:
Skilled trades
Engineers
IT staff
Sales representatives
Accounting and finance staff
Drivers
Mechanics
Nurses
Machinists/machine operators
Teachers
Summary of Global Results ManpowerGroup surveyed nearly 40,000 employers across 41 countries and territories as part of its annual Talent Shortage Survey. Globally, 34 percent of employers say they are having difficulty filling positions, the three most challenging of which are Skilled Trades, Engineers and Sales Representatives. The reasons most often cited are lack of available applicants and lack of technical skills. Among the 41 countries and territories surveyed, employers are having the most difficulty finding the right people to fill jobs in Japan (81 percent), Brazil (71 percent) and Bulgaria (51 percent).

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Talent Shortages the Biggest Challenge


48% of Indian employers struggle to find the right candidate
ManpowerGroup survey reveals persistent shortage in skilled trades, engineers, IT
Nearly Half of U.S. Employers Struggling to Fill Mission-Critical Positions
This is the story of the day. Those who thinks there are no opportunities they have to think twice before saying this. There are opportunities and more than enough opportunities for RIGHT KIND OF SKILLS. The right kind of skills are changing very fast. With changing time and economies one cannot think of getting good job with 20th century skills and qualification. These skills and qualifications needs to be upgraded to fulfill the needs of 21st century economy and needs.
In January 2011, at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, ManpowerGroup announced the world has entered the Human Age, where talent has replaced capital as the key competitive differentiator. This concept of talentism as the new capitalism continues to resonate and was echoed as a core theme of the 2012 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
The battle for the right candidate continues to rage as 48% of Indian employers struggle to find the right candidate for the job. A study on Talent Shortage by staffing firm Manpower Group shows that although down by 19% from last year, India's hunt for suitable employees is high compared to global average of 34%.
The profiles on demand have also altered since same period last year. While it was difficult to hunt for R&D, sales manager and IT staff last year, this year the positions are for IT staff, marketing/public relations/communication staff and engineers. Personal assistants, call center operators, researchers are also hard to find this year
Lack of available candidates, technical competencies amongst those present, refusals to move to another location, poor image of the occupation, weak soft skills and demand for a higher salary have been key reasons in Asia Pacific for the posts to remain vacant.  Owing to high growth in the IT sector and increase in the social media presence of organizations, there has been a surge in the demand for IT staff and marketing/communications staff.  Access to talent is the key competitive differentiator in the Human Age, and the companies that succeed in this new ecosystem will be those that employ a comprehensive workforce strategy closely aligned with business strategy.
The world leader in innovative workforce solutions, warns employers, who are increasingly at peace with failing to find the right talent to fight the perception that specialized in-demand talent is out of reach and develop flexible workforce models comprised of contingent and permanent workers, in order to meet fluctuating demand for their products and services.
ManpowerGroup's 2012 Talent Shortage Survey, released along with the accompanying insights paper, "Break the Crisis and Complacency Cycle, Get Ahead of the Global Talent Shortage," shows the world is for the seventh year in a row gripped by an acute talent mismatch, as over a third (34%) of employers globally identify a lack of available skilled talent to their organizations. Despite this, a substantial proportion of employers indicate unfilled positions are expected to have little or no impact on key constituents, such as customers and investors; this proportion has grown from 36% in 2011 to 56% in 2012.
"Break the Crisis and Complacency Cycle, Get Ahead of the Global Talent Shortage," details specialized solutions ManpowerGroup has identified for winning today's talent wars, including: developing a workforce strategy, strategic migration, developing flexible work models, hyper specializing work among specialized workers, exploring untapped talent markets and expanding tapped talent markets.
The results of its seventh annual talent shortage survey, revealing 49 percent of U.S. employers are experiencing difficulty filling mission-critical positions within their organizations.
In the United States, the top 10 most difficult jobs to fill are:
Engineers
IT staff
Sales representatives
Accounting and finance staff
Drivers
Mechanics
Nurses
Machinists/machine operators
Teachers
Summary of Global Results ManpowerGroup surveyed nearly 40,000 employers across 41 countries and territories as part of its annual Talent Shortage Survey. Globally, 34 percent of employers say they are having difficulty filling positions, the three most challenging of which are Skilled Trades, Engineers and Sales Representatives. The reasons most often cited are lack of available applicants and lack of technical skills. Among the 41 countries and territories surveyed, employers are having the most difficulty finding the right people to fill jobs in Japan (81 percent), Brazil (71 percent) and Bulgaria (51 percent).

Monday, May 28, 2012

Career Opportunities in Humanities


Career Opportunities in Humanities
DESIGNING
Design pervades all spheres of life in the urban setting today. This field has particular reference to daily life and not only to architectural relics of the past. It is more an expression of artistic creativity in form and shape, put together for greater convenience and style in living. This includes Interior Design, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Gems and Jewelry Design and Industrial Design. Industrial Design has assumed importance because of industrialization in the country.
Personal Qualities, Aptitudes and Interests
The designer has to be creative, this is beyond doubt. Art can be taught, creativity comes partially through inheritance and also through nurturance.  Dynamic style and attitude to work will certainly ensure good professional growth.  An aptitude for sketching, drawing and communicating ideas through the art form are prerequisites for success in this profession, three dimensional perceptions, understanding figural relationships are abilities which will be needed. Generally designers have interest in trying out new ideas, experimenting with thoughts and are rather imaginative. They have lots of ideas and like to visualize.
Entry and Career Development
Most designing fields are open to the school leaver. Growth in the career, nevertheless, depends upon innovativeness and expression in terms of form, medium used, shape, as well as functionality.
Mid Life Entries
Designing has most certainly become a very technical field. Creativity generally finds expression in several ways. When changing to a creative career, the aesthetic talent may be used in entrepreneurial work, e.g., in designing pottery, craft, handwork, embroidery, jewelry, etc.
MASS COMMUNICATION
Mass media today has invaded the life of almost every individual influencing his perception, thoughts and action. A radical change in society is noticeable. The satellite and electronic Communication systems have made cross cultural exchange possible, bringing people in all parts of the world closer. This dynamic change has generated a vast spectrum of careers in, e.g., print Media, audio visual communication and also in the commercial use of these mediums.
I am defining careers in advertising, journalism, radio transmission, visual communication and also performing art which forms important ingredients in this Mass Communication network in mass communication.
Aptitude, Interests and Personal Qualities
Mass Communication today offers a wide variety of jobs. Each job requires a varied combination of abilities, interests and personal traits, e.g., while the news reporter must have good verbal ability, social attributes and a curious bent of mind, the transmission executives job demands technical and organizational skill. In the 'ad' agencies there are artists, copywriters and client executives; all with diverse ability and personal traits. The job description, educational qualification and training facilities given in each Chapter will help you match your personal attributes and choices to find a place for yourself in very dynamic profession. If your potential match the job, then growth, linked with success, is almost guaranteed.
Mid Life Entries
Mass Communication offers entry to anyone who has a flair for writing, who can effectively communicate and who' can perform. It also offers avenues for coordinators, financiers, managers, communication technologists etc. This profession in fact could accommodate any Person who is creative, enterprising and dynamic.
MANAGEMENT
Management is one of the most popular career and one of the most rewarding for the persons coming from different streams of education. Management is a factor in every enterprise business and government organization - in fact any operation in which one person directs another. The need for management has grown out of the increasing complexities of world activities today for any field and organization, no matter what its activities are. Here I am will explain about the most popular management fields - Hotel Management, Travel and Tourism Management, Finance and Business Management and also about the emerging fields of Forest Management, Personnel Management, Construction Management, etc.
Aptitudes, Abilities, Interests and Personal Qualities
Analytical, interpretative and assimilative mental activity is an asset for the aspiring Manager. Various branches of management require special skill, e.g., the Marketing Executive must be motivated for peak performance, the Finance Manager must have better numerical skills, etc. Successful executives, however, share a number of characteristics; perhaps the most universal of those is the willingness to work hard. Long work hours, travel on the job, work at home and a 7 days-a-week schedule are accepted as matter of  routine by most Managers. The individuals who think of a job as strictly 9 to 5 will probably not be happy in the management career. Another trait needed is the ability to get along with people, to will their respect and motivate them for peak performance. Finally, successful Managers never allow stop to their intellectual growth.
Entry and Career Development
All branches of Management can be entered after 10+2. The Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Administration, the Graduate Course in Travel Management are popular courses. Hotel Management too permits entry after +2 and later after graduation, MBA, CA, etc. Those who have made up their minds to enter the field of management may decide according to their academic acumen. I feel strongly that skill development is better among early entrants while graduates and post graduates are promising senior executives particularly if they enter after a graduate course from a competitive institute.
Mid Life Entries
Management can be entered at any stage. It has tremendous scope for mid-life jobs seekers. The seasoned managers are welcome in the private sector of business as well as in management schools as teachers. The expertise they have acquired over years in their previous job gives them an advantage in this field of work.
FINANCE AND ACCOUNTS
In this topic I am explaining an insight into professions related to Finance and Accounts. Accounting records and book keeping methods have been used from early periods of history down to the present time. Modern accounting began with the technique of double entry bookkeeping in the 15th and 16th centuries. With the Industrial Revolution, business became more complex and the need for accounting methods grew. Development of governmental and industrial institutions in the 19th and 20thcenturies made it imperative to have accurate information and records for taking decision on economic procedures and management policies and to publish periodic reports for both public and private use. The demand of such services has grown to an extent that accounting and finance are one of the largest fields of employment.
Aptitudes, Interests and Personal Qualities
From routine book keeping to planning in perspective, the study and work differ to a large extent in terms of personal attributes. Accountant needs to be meticulous, neat and regular, a Chartered Accountant needs to be intelligent, precise and a good manager. The Finance Executives are close to the top people in this field and need to be very logical and-sharp in their approach. Dynamism, professional brilliance, excellent interpersonal skills and problem solving skills are required to reach the top echelons. An aptitude for thinking logically, clarity of both oral and written expression, neat, accurate and orderly habits of work, sound judgment and the ability to make decisions based on such judgments are needed. A college student aspiring to enter this field must be certain that to reach the highest rungs he must be academically superior as well as socially precise. Mediocrity in performance entitles one to the middle level routine functions; however, you are well paid and hold responsible positions.
Entry and Career Development
Entry points are many, e.g., after +2with diploma courses, after / or with graduation and professional training, after post graduate professional courses. What is vital is the expertise derived from practical experience which is at the core of progress in the career.
Mid Life Entries
Many go into professions by accident or chance. This field permits late entries. For those keen on switching to this field of work can refer to the section of ICWA, Financial Analysts, Actuarial Services.
LAW AND CIVIL SERVICES
I have placed information about the Legal Profession .and Civil Services. These two Professions, to my mind, are protectors of the laws of the land - the lawyers interpreted the law and the civil servants run the administration of the State according to the guiding principles of the State.
Legal professionals have wider career options today than in the past. Besides the portals of courts, they are seen in the corporate world as Legal Advisors, as Consultants for legal matters and even as Company Secretaries. The Civil Services have retained its glamour over the years for young aspirants. Many-vie for this coveted service but few make it.
What can bring success?
Personal Qualities, Aptitudes and Interests, Serious efforts , wide awareness and a genuine interest in national and international affairs are perhaps the primary qualities which lawyers and civil servants must possess. One with a logical mind, caring about human affairs, somewhat a philanthropist, would perhaps be best suited to these professions.
In terms of aptitudes, the profession requires logical reasoning and verbal competence. Ability to work with details, special personal characteristic of being meticulous and organized, and an outgoing nature are perhaps essential assets. Social skills are vital and understanding human relationships is important for both professions. A bureaucrat needs also to have innate leadership ability.
Entry and Career Development
You can study Law after the 3 levels of entry, viz., after 10+2, after 10+2+3 and at the postgraduate level. Career progression is primarily hinged to developing practical skill and acumen. If you hitch your wagon initially to a leading lawyer, perhaps you get a better grasp of the profession.
Mid Life Entries
There is no age bar to learning. The correspondence or open education system permits entry into the portals of learning to people of all ages. Higher studies in Humanities or Commerce need only an inclination to learn. Facilities are growing and the educational opportunities are extending to remote corners of the country.
SUBJECT AND CAREER OPTIONS
Here I will cover careers which are related to History, Economics and Psychology. Other disciplines have not been included for the simple reason that they are not popular with the students and have poor employability potential. With the passage of time, some disciplines may catch fancy of the students. Aptitude for business professions, financial operations and interest in commercial transaction is important for Commerce while for study of Humanities an interest in liberal education would be more appropriate. Aptitude, Interests, Personal Qualities Humanities is still the first choice of only a few students. It is ironical that many
EDUCATION
The teaching field covers abroad area of occupations : teachers in public and private schools-kindergartens, in elementary schools, in public and private secondary schools ias:~hool administrators/ supervisors, counselors and other specialists in elementary and secondary , schools; professional personnel in colleges and universities; professional staff members in professional organizations, education departments of the government and educational bodies.
Teaching is in a state of revolution due to the growing and expanding profession and the critical opinion of the recipients of education. Hence this profession needs to be considered with some thought.
Aptitudes, Interests and Personal Qualities
Teaching is a profession to the degree that its members are professionals. An educated person who qualifies as professional in any level or sphere of education, possess specialized skills and knowledge Essential for the performance of his job, makes rational judgments and acts accordingly, accepts responsibility for the consequences of his judgments and actions, believes in service to society, assumes responsibility with his colleges and seeks new knowledge and skills to improve his/her knowledge. Those interested in growth' and the development of the young should only aspire for taking this challenge assignment in the present day society.
Mid Life Entries
Teaching and learning goes through out Life. Private tuitions have become the occupation of several retired persons. Technical and professional institutions look for consultants in various fields of education and who can be more appropriate than someone who is experienced and free to contribute his/her time for educating the young.
PROTECTIVE SERVICES
This Cluster is on Protective Services and includes Military/and Para Military careers. The largest among the protective services of the nation are out Defense Services - the Army, Navy and the Air Force, Para Military services such as Central Reserve Police Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Border Security Force, Coast Guards and Central Industrial Security Force are some of the major Para Military forces.
Job seekers looking for challenge, adventure and those with a nationalistic feeling, often wish to know about the Armed Forces.
Aptitudes, Interests, Personality Traits
In the Forces I have seen people of all aptitudes, interests and personal qualities. From the adventurous combatant to the dedicated medico, from the aeronautical engineer to the Legal officer, the educationist, the accountant, etc., the
Armed Forces offer almost everybody a place. However, the requirements, in terms of physical fitness and personal discipline, for any branch are rigid. Service before self is the motto you would be expected to follow. If you are physically fit and like disciplined, adventurous, challenging life, study each job entry carefully and then select when and how you wish to join the Military/Para Military Services.
Career Growth
Promotions and growth are to a large extent time bound or based on professional performance.
Mid Life Entries
There is little scope for a retired person to enter the armed forces; however, retired service personnel can seek re-employment. Para Military Services, however, welcome retired armed forces personnel for positions in this organization.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

How to Succeed

8th Habit

The Pain, The Problem, The Solution

Discover Your Voice

Express Your Voice

The Leadership  Challenge

The Voice of Influence

The Voice of Trustworthiness

The Voice and Speed of Trust

Deposit to Emotional Bank Account

Blending Voice

One Voice 

Execution

Moral Authority

The empowering Voice

The 8th Habit and Sweet Spot

Focus

Serve Others