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recruiters struggle to hire and point to candidates’ skill level

The Pôle Emploi survey on labor needs predicts massive recruitment. But also unprecedented hiring difficulties. Another study, published today, gives recruiters a voice on this subject. They do not hide their concern.

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This is an alarming point in the survey on labor needs which has just been published by Pôle Emploi: 58% of recruitment projects are considered difficult by employers. This is a very strong increase, plus 13 points compared to last year. Another study, conducted this time by the job site Monster, allows us to see more clearly in these recruitment difficulties. According to her, 93% of recruiters, if not almost all of them, believe that if recruitment is difficult, it is because the level of skills of the candidates is not up to that required for the post. This is an increase of five points compared to last year.

The study differentiates between technical skills, also called hard skills, and behavioral skills, often called soft skills in recruitment circles. In the former, computer skills are most often lacking. These are followed by project management skills, office skills and writing abilities. In terms of behavioral skills, recruiters point above all to a lack of motivation and questionable reliability. Then comes a lack of flexibility on the part of the candidates and difficulties in working in a team.

Recruiters seek to identify transferable skills, qualities that may be useful for the position to be filled, even if it means training the candidate to acquire the technical skills. 70% of recruiters are ready to make this effort. But you have to show them that you have certain qualities, which will trigger their confidence.

These skills, in other words the magic words to place on a CV and in a recruitment interview, are first and foremost the ability to work in a team, reliability – it is even the number one criterion for the least qualified jobs – communication, personal motivation and flexibility, qualities particularly sought after for management positions.

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