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Improve Employability Profiles To Enhance Employment Security, ManpowerGroup Advises U.S. Workers

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, encourages individuals to focus on improving their long-term employment security by tapping accessible development tools, as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today reported the overall October jobless rate ticked up to 7.9 % from the September's 7.8% rate. The U.S. private sector added 171,000 new jobs last month, while September's jobs figure was revised from 114,000 to 148,000 and August's job figure was revised from 142,000 to 192,000.  


Employment rose in professional and business services, health care, and retail trade. The U.S. economy averaged about 146,000 new jobs per month in the third quarter.

"Companies today need to fill roles in brand-new niche functions that require a blend of sub-specialties," said Jeffrey A. Joerres, ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO. "In the Human Age, individuals can boost their candidacy for such opportunities by seeking out the most contemporary education available. Job-specific training is increasingly accessible via the Internet. Also, work to find mentors and trade groups committed to developing in-demand technical and soft skills in individuals."

ManpowerGroup's details the processes and templates that employers should use in developing "Job Success Profiles" and that employees should use in developing "Employability Profiles" in Hire and Retain the Best with Success Mapping: New Models for Unlocking Human Potential. This paper also digs into the core workplace skills and competencies that are driving the world's talent shortage.

"Motivated individuals who effectively own both the process of developing skills demanded by employers in the future and the marketing of their new skills are more readily noticed by employers," Joerres added. 

In South Dakota, where unemployment remains under 5%, ManpowerGroup has been hired by the state as part of an effort called "South Dakota Wins" to recruit more than 1,000 new workers across the U.S. for open positions.  Jobs range in industries from manufacturing to engineering to information technology.

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for Q4 in the United States was the strongest fourth quarter outlook in five years.  According to seasonally adjusted data, hiring intentions have grown increasingly confident throughout the last three years with no declines in the Net Employment Outlook quarter-over-quarter.

The continued climb in confidence marks three years of gradually improving hiring intentions, which were preceded by three quarters of pessimistic employment plans. Hiring intentions continue to climb with employers in 49 out of 50 states reporting positive hiring intentions. Similarly, employers in 99 out of the 100 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas report positive hiring intentions to close out the year.

According to ManpowerGroup's 2012 Talent Shortage Survey results, 49% of U.S. employers struggle to fill mission-critical positions.  Skilled trades, engineering and IT positions continue to rank among the top 10 hardest jobs to fill, year after year.

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