Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Closing America’s Job Gap

How to Grow Companies and Land Good Jobs in the Age of Innovation

Remember the good old days of booming business and plentiful jobs? In a period of high unemployment, hovering around 10 percent across the United States, the contrarian theme of this book may seem absurd: America’s job crisis is not simply that there are too few good jobs to go around; but, rather there are not enough good workers for the multitude of jobs that U.S. companies need to fill today or will soon become available.

The time has come to sync innovation with training to get ahead of the curve. We need to support innovative small companies that create good jobs and we need to retrain our workers to be qualified in new skills so we don't have to export jobs or import labor.

This book sounds the alarm about America’s job gap, the disparity between the good jobs being created by innovation and the lack of U.S. workers with the right job skills. While there are many books for job seekers and countless others on growing innovative companies, this book is written for both employers and employees because their futures are inseparably intertwined.

For American businesses to take advantage of innovation to grow, employers and job seekers need to wholeheartedly embrace lifelong learning. This book spells out what job seekers need to do to get a good job and keep a good job. The book also shows employers how they can improve the bottom-line by investing in employee development.

From the Foreword by Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager:

“The authors—Mary Walshok , a thought leader and subject matter expert on employability, career innovation, and the new innovation economy; Tapan Munroe, a recognized author, speaker, consultant, and advisor in economics; and Henry DeVries, a job and career expert—suggest this is a fixable problem that requires a change in mindset among individual workers in terms of realizing what Peter Drucker told us years ago: ‘All work is learning.’ It is fixable if employers will put a little more time and money into continuous learning in the workplace. It is fixable if the government reexamines its current workforce education and training strategies and reengineers them to fit the demands of the 21st century global economy. To do this, we have to stop falling asleep at the switch in America and take action in response to this alarm bell.”