AT&T is offering a special deal this month for anyone joining its “talent network.”
Registrants may wind up with not only with a job, but a chance to win a Bose speaker for a wireless music system.
The offer is part of the effort that companies like the communications giant have to undertake these days in order to have a stable of potential employees—as demand for skilled workers continues to outpace the supply.
“It may seem ironic, but even with 13 million people unemployed, there are still pockets where recruiters are having a lot of trouble finding new hires,” says Robert Hohman, co-founder and CEO of Glassdoor, a four-year-old website where both corporate employees and their bosses offer information about what it’s like to work at various firms.
People who assume that America’s 8.2 percent unemployment rate means job recruiters have their pick of applicants probably aren't working in high-tech, health care, manufacturing or several other sectors in which pools of qualified applicants are shrinking.