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RiseSmart and HR Analyst John Sumser Host Free Webinar About the U.S. Skills Gap

Date: October 15 2012

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2012) – RiseSmart, the leader in next-generation outplacement services, is partnering with leading HR analyst John Sumser, founder and CEO of HR Examiner and HRxAnalysts, to host a complimentary webinar analyzing the skills shortage and what it means for the U.S. economy.

The U.S. unemployment rate continues to hover around 8 percent, and business leaders continue to have problems finding talented people with the right skill sets to fill open positions. This raises the question, “Are the unemployed U.S. citizens out of work because of a lack of necessary skills?” said Sumser.

There are five scenarios behind the U.S. skills shortage, and each narrative contains both truths and falsehoods. In this webinar, John Sumser takes the audience through each of the five schools of thought:

1.      The offshoring demon ate the job.
2.      The education system has failed.
3.      Companies don't know how to hire.
4.      The problem is entirely regional.
5.      Technology is destroying work as we know it.

“Understanding the core drivers of the skills shortage is central to the effective management of any 21st-century business,” said Sanjay Sathe, founder and CEO of RiseSmart. “With a clear understanding of the situation, you can properly plan your hiring process and obtain top talent.”

Those interested in learning more about the skills shortage can register for the webinar at:

About RiseSmart

RiseSmart is the leading provider of next-generation outplacement solutions. The company leverages a cloud-based technology platform, proven methodologies, and one-on-one support to help employers with their workforce strategy, and displaced employees with their career strategy. RiseSmart drives significant ROI to organizations by offering affordable pricing while reducing unemployment insurance taxes and severance costs. RiseSmart has received a wide range of awards and recognition from organizations including Gartner Inc., the Golden Bridge Awards, LAROCQUE, the Momentum Index, Red Herring, the San Francisco Business Times, SiliconIndia, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, the Stevie Awards and TiE. For more information, visit

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