The Unseen Job Market

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The problem of jobs looms over much of our national discourse, especially in an election year. It seems that weeks have turned to months and months have turned to years as we’ve been waiting for sustained improvement in the area of employment, with no particular reason to believe that change is coming any time soon. Some pundits are even suggesting that relatively high levels of unemployment are becoming endemic, and that some loss of middle-class jobs may be permanent. In fact we’ve had pundits on this very program make exactly that point.

Meanwhile, even as 13 million Americans are officially listed as unemployed, there are millions of jobs that are unfilled and may go on being unfilled for some time. Are we suffering from one or more blind spots when we survey the job market? And if so, what can we do to correct our vision — how do we start matching some of these people who need jobs with some of these jobs who need people?

About Our Guest

Dan Ridge is the CEO and Founder at CATO Services. He is also the Consultant and Chief Star Gazer at 5 Star Consulting Group, a leading talent acquisition, retention and right-sizing consulting firm.

Dan Works with established companies and start ups ventures, with a focus on identifying opportunities for clients and delivering solutions that represent best practices and a significant ROI.

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1 Comment

  1. 2012-04-04 04:17:05

    I was dual tracked back in high school. Voc ed and college prep. Does that happen much anymore? Well I flunked out of college, became a Naval Nuke and then worked my way up to aerospace engineer over a period of 20 years. No one could have predicted that path and thus counseled my path. But you could have seen my passion for electronics from about age 10 on. I was very lucky to have gotten interested in computers in '74.

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