Some Jobs are Still Hard to Fill
You’d never believe it in this economy, but employers still have trouble filling some jobs. That’s according to Manpower, the international staffing firm, in their May 2009 survey called “The Ten Hardest Jobs to Fill.” This is the fourth year of the survey, and “the same positions appear on the list again and again,” said Jonas Prising, President of the Americas for Manpower.
The 2009 list includes:
- Skilled/Manual Trades
- Sales Representatives
- IT Staff
- Machinist/Machine Operators
According to Manpower’s website, each of the 10 job categories on the 2009 list has appeared on the “Hardest Jobs to Fill” list in previous years. Technicians, Machinist/Machine Operators and Sales Representatives have been present all four years. Engineers, Drivers and Laborers have appeared three out of four years; and Nurses, Teachers, Skilled/Manual Trades and IT Staff have been present in two of the four years Manpower has performed the survey.
I assume that the problem is not quantity (many of the list professions have been through massive layoffs during this recession) but rather quality. If you are a standout performer in any of these fields, you will have a better than average chance of finding a great job this year.