Job prospects simulator: Play along!

More than half of employers say they have trouble finding qualified candidates for job openings, according to an exclusive survey commissioned by Marketplace and The Chronicle of Higher Education.  The survey asked: "How successful are colleges at producing graduates who are prepared for the workforce?" And while a majority of respondents said that colleges are doing a good job or better, nearly a third of employers said colleges are doing just a "fair" to "poor" job of producing "successful employees." 

Employers also said they place more weight on experience, particularly internships and employment, than they do on academic credentials, including college grades and major. Plus, one third of employers place more value on a four-year degree  today than they did five years ago.

So, how would you stack up in today's job market? 

We've taken survey responses from eight different industries, including healthcare and education, and put them into a simulator. You can use this quiz to gauge how your resume and skill set would fare under the scrutiny of hiring managers today.

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I don't see anything indicating what scale the scores are measured on.

(FWIW, my score appears to be fairly flat across all industries, within about 4 points. Not that any of it would be relevant at this point in my career.)

For several decades now the "trouble finding qualified candidates" line, and the jumping through successively smaller hoops before we consider you for a job BS has been used by American businessman to justify outsourcing or bringing in cheap virtually slave labor on work visas. It is mostly hogwash, and mostly about profits for shareholders.

I'm not sure what's your point regarding outsourcing here but I don't think it's appropriate to tie outsourcing with unemployment.

Yes, even big companies but the fact that small businesses use outsourcing as an advantage (read: http://www.remotestaff.com.au/outsourcing_as_business.php ) and the fact that the US economy is depending on them (read: http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/smallbusiness/a/sbadrives.htm ) means that outsourcing is also beneficial.

And also, many companies still consider having physical office and hiring local employees throughout their business progress.

Agreed. Employers are failing to assume their responsibility to educate and train their new hires.

This is another perfect example of the ouroboros of capitalism's greed. It used to be that you came out of college prepared to learn your trade/business in the field. Now they demand that you already have the experience before you enter. Now the onus is on the candidate to have all the training before entering the workforce. That way, the company gets experience without having to pay for it, or even provide a training ground where one can develop skills. This plays in well with companies that don't keep people around too long so they can save there bottom line (while allocating profits upward). In short, companies don't want to invest too much in personnel because they view most of their workforce as temporary employment.

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