James Surowiecki on Unemployment

“In truth, companies increasingly want to hire only people who already have jobs–ideally…people who have already done the exact job they’re applying for. When companies complain that they can’t find people with the right ‘skills,’ they often just mean that they can’t find people with the right experience. In a major survey done this year by the employment agency Man-power, nearly half of employers said that the problem with applicants was that they didn’t have enough experience. This creates the classic job-market Catch-22: you can’t get a job without experience, and you can’t get experience without a job.”

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