Good Jobs Available! (But Protestors Need Not Apply)

With all the protesting in major cities across America, you’d think that employers aren’t hiring.

Ain’t true.

Although there are more than 14 million unemployed in America , a recent Manpower survey found that 52 percent of U.S. employers are having difficulty filling critical positions.

The obvious disconnect is that employers are struggling to find A) qualified applicants who B) possess a decent work ethic.

Let’s be clear: There are job candidates who have the right skill set, but employers want more than skills; they want people who will show up and work, as this article illustrates, as well as this one from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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So, protesters can continue to Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Chicago, Occupy San Francisco, Occupy Denver, etc., but those that are truly serious about finding employment need to drop their signs and with it, their entitlement mentality, and get busy honing their skills and their work ethic.

There are plenty of good jobs to be had. But you won’t find employer’s scouring the picket lines for job candidates.

This was originally published on Eric Chester’s Reviving Work Ethic blog.

Eric Chester is a leading voice in the global dialogue on employee engagement, and building a world-class workplace culture. He's an in-the-trenches researcher on the topic of the millennial mindset, and the dynamics of attracting, managing, motivating and retaining top talent. Chester is a Hall-of-Fame keynote speaker and the author of 4 leadership books including his newly released Amazon #1 Bestseller On Fire at Work: How Great Companies Ignite Passion in their People without Burning Them Out.  Learn more at and follow him at @eric_chester