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Erin Lowry

Even in a Labor Shortage, You Can’t ‘Just Go Get a Job’

Finding a role that suits your skills and career path is harder than all those “Now Hiring” signs make it seem.

Ready, set, apply.

Ready, set, apply.

Photographer: Mario Tama/Getty Images North America

“WE’RE HIRING.” The sign seems to be hanging in shopfronts everywhere — sometimes coupled with a plea: “We’re short staffed. Please be patient.”

There were close to 20 million active online job postings in August, according to the site ZipRecruiter. That’s a staggering increase from the approximately 10 million active postings at the start of the year. And U.S. employment increased by 531,000 new jobs in October, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.