Thanks to advancements in technology, employers have been able to find new workers online instead of having to sort through paper applications. However, the process has meant that in some cases, qualified candidates never get hired.
According to many experts, the computerized systems, which are becoming more common than ever, use a series of yes or no questions and then filter out applicants based on the results. In an interview with the Baltimore Sun, University of Pennsylvania professor Peter Cappelli said that the systems were falling short.
“The problem comes with employers trying to use these systems for more than they’re capable of doing,” said Cappelli, director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources, in an interview with the source. “They have so constrained their criteria, they end up with nothing. They want skill sets that don’t exist.”
Some of the largest names in the tech industry have seen many jobs unfilled. For example, technology firm Microsoft says that it has 6,000 positions open, according to InformationWeek. Many of those positions have remained unclaimed due to a shortage of qualified candidates, the source reported.
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As the global economy slowly begins to improve, California-based Tibco Software Incorporated has announced plans to hire 500 people in the U.S. this year.
Vivek Ranadive, Tibco’s chief executive officer, told Bloomberg News that his business-software company is looking to recruit workers from the nation’s top colleges including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford.
“We are hiring quite rapidly now, all in sales and service. It’s a good time to hire. Some big banks aren’t hiring, so there isn’t as much competition for workers from Wall Street,” Ranadive added. “We are very optimistic about 2012, even in Europe. I think it’s like a well-kept secret that U.S. is doing better.”
Meanwhile, a new report has found that technology professionals are now earning some of their largest annual salaries since 2008.
The 2012-2011 Salary Survey found that after two straight years of flat wages, tech workers earned an average salary increase of more than 2 percent in 2010.
Tech workers in Chicago and Seattle saw the largest increases at 5 percent, followed by Denver, Dallas, New York and Los Angeles.

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Auto insurance company Progressive Corporation has announced plans to hire more than 1,000 workers across five states.
The Associated Press reports the insurance agency is looking to fill a variety of positions including sales, claims and services.
In all, Cleveland-based Progressive said it expects to hire 1,106 new employees in Texas, Ohio, Colorado, Florida and Arizona.
The largest number of new employees, 390, will be hired for the company’s Riverview call center in Tampa Bay, Florida.
John Hoppe, Progressive’s national employment director, told the Tampa Bay Times that the job growth is largely driven by the company’s ability to build its customer base and beat out its competitors.
“It’s certainly the largest (hiring push) for us in the last five years, both in Tampa Bay and companywide,” Hoppe added. “There are some out there who say auto insurance is a leading indicator for the economy,” he said. “I’m not sure. I’m hopeful, but it’s too difficult to say. We’re able to continue growing in a down economy or an up economy.”
Most of the entry-level jobs will start with a base pay of $12 to $15 per hour.

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