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According to a CareerBuilder study, 77 percent of employers consider soft skills just as important as hard skills when hiring new employees. Research backs up employers’ views that soft skills matter for employee performance.

One major obstacle in hiring is the skills gap between job seekers and the capabilities needed to perform specific tasks. Another? The growing workforce and number of jobs available to them. Data from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. shows that job creation is gaining ground and job seekers are gaining leverage.

A lot of employees will tell you that their office is “just like a family,” but some workers are taking that comparison to another level. According to a new study from CareerBuilder, 19 percent of workers plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with co-workers this year.

We live in a golden age where everybody has a point of view on leadership -- and yet so few of us are given the opportunity to lead.

Why can't everyone be a leader? Well, the world doesn't work that way. Call your mom. And sometimes the difference between someone who leads from the front and someone who leads from behind often falls down to a single trait: executive presence.

Each month CareerBuilder hosts a chat with HR and talent acquisition influencers to get to the heart of the issues everyone is talking about. Like politics or reality shows, generational diversity in the workplace is one of those topics that can elicit frank feelings and discussions among a community of people.

Unlike growing a chia plant at your workstation, you need to put a lot of time and effort into making your next hire. That’s because job seekers expect responsiveness and communication throughout the hiring process.

Up until recently, employers had the upper hand in the hiring process. Now, that’s all changed.

On the heels of the Great Recession, employers were suddenly getting more applications than they knew what to do with, as millions of highly skilled workers found themselves out of jobs. Many companies took advantage of this and began devaluing candidates with lower-than-average salary offers for highly skilled jobs.

Building a strong talent pool of STEM workers is one of the biggest challenges in recruiting today, as more high-skilled workers are needed to step into complex, challenging roles based in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – and as employers complain they can’t find enough candidates with the needed skills to fill these roles.

Business leaders and executives tend to be a rather focused group. It makes sense: After all, they’re tasked with creating and executing successful plans to achieve business growth and profitability. They want (and need) to win, and in order to have the best shot at a victory; they’re constantly seeking ways to gain competitive advantage. This is good news for talent advisors!

 

The final article of H&HN'S yearlong "Generations in the Workplace" series asks eight hospital leaders about a problem each found particularly challenging about managing a multigenerational staff, and the strategy used to solve it.

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