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The talent shortage paradox

By June 25, 20123 Comments2 min read

Many entrepreneurs and businesses in tech, particularly in Miami, complain about the lack of talent (incidentally in Miami, it’s never a lack of affordable talent, just talent) when it comes to hiring for their companies. Conversely, many of the young professionals, college grads, and others complain of a lack of opportunities and jobs available.

There are hundreds of new programmers graduating every year in South Florida across the handful of colleges, and hundreds more moving to the area from Latin America, Europe, and other parts of the country. On the other side of the coin at any moment there are hundreds of jobs in software engineering on in South Florida.

So where is the disconnect? Its quite simple actually: training costs. Corporations are not willing to train and assume the costs of training these individuals on the skill set they need to work in their enterprises. Corporations want people “ready to go” in obscure skillsets or proprietary tools. These people don’t exist. The universities on the other hand refuse to train their students in vocational manners, preferring to give them theoretical base, and then hoping they learn on the job the applicable skillset. At the end of the day no one wants to take on the costs associated with fixing this talent shortage. As a result we have this vicious cycle.

Is there a solution? Sure, third parties. Refresh Miami is going to attempt to solve this in part through our upcoming fall workshop curriculum. Though that won’t be a true substitute for intensive training funded by companies or schools.


  • Amoreena says:

    “obscure skillsets or proprietary tools” Yes! This is exactly what job requirements are like these days. CRAZINESS.
    You wonder where they think they’re going to find these people that don’t already work there!
    I’m now seeing that apparently LOADS of unemployed job seekers like myself are stuck in this ridiculous trap!
    Just today I saw a TEMP job ad that I most certainly would be OVERqualified for. But then at the end said you must have experience with some SPECIFIC software, which apparently is only common among certain quite large companies… which would mean that unless you already worked for this company in this area, you probably would not have experience with this software. And who’s going to relocate for a temp job???
    Moreover, the job was for mere data entry, not actually working on the software, so one wonders why they need such specific experience – and for a temporary position.
    At any rate, I come up against this all the time, and once I started searching I’ve found that MANY people have been commenting on this same problem… while here I’d been thinking it was just me – that I just wasn’t up to snuff & up to date with my software experience.
    I even found an example where in 2010, a company was REQUIRING 5 years experience with Web Server 2008. *rolls eyes*
    It’s clear to me if corporations ARE people… then they’re clearly stupid people with an inability in regards to basic reasoning & basic sense.

    • yeah it is pretty ridiculous. you’d think these companies had someone sensible proofing their job posts

      • Ha! I wound up here again! This time after looking up about yet ANOTHER job that has a bunch of requirements… including experience with a very specific software used among very specific healthcare. Oddly, they also required experience working in that very specific healthcare, which would seem to be redundant. And yet again, this is for part-time data entry work!!!!!!!!!!!! I type 75wpm w/ zero % error. And I can’t get a damn job because I haven’t performed data entry using all of the 2,000 “most common” computer software programmes people might put data into? *rolls eyes* Well, to be more specific, I haven’t had 5 years experience using the exact software that some of the jobs just happen to be using right now. *sigh* Ironically, if I did, I would already probably have a job and wouldn’t need their stinking offers.