Piedmont companies and ‘stealth’ hiring

It is called stealth hiring — a process used by many employers across the area trying to save time in filling open positions.

Employers aren’t advertising their job openings because they get too many unqualified applicants sending resumes and flooding their phone lines.

“If you’re a major employer — they’ve got some level of stealth hiring going on,” said Joel Leonard, SKILLTV.net and supporter of the Guilford County Workforce Development Board.

Leonard said what often happens when large corporations announce they’re going to be hiring, their phones ring off the hook with a majority of people calling who lack the skills needed for the positions.

“If they (companies) waste their time talking to people that really don’t have the aptitude and attitudes they need, its counterproductive for their growth — so it’s in their best interest to be stealth,” explained Leonard.

Often times, employers using stealth hiring turn to trade schools and community colleges for positions including machinists, welders, and technicians which are all high demand field.

Garret Parker is the head of the Randolph Community College’s Computer Integrated Machining Department and said he has seen the success of stealth hiring.

“We have phone calls from potential employers if not weekly, bi-weekly basis looking for somebody,” said Parker. 

Casey Smith, 20, is a student in the community college’s machinist program and is looking forward to using his credentials.

“I’m pretty confident that I’ll find a job in this area,” Smith said. “It doesn’t seem that hard to find a job if you know where to look.”

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