The National Apartment Association has a nice infographic showing the apartment jobs outlook as the leasing season kicked into high gear. You’ll notice that Raleigh is on the list for metro areas with the largest concentration of job postings and it has the longest time to fill open positions.
If you’re having a hard time staffing up your communities you’re part of a larger trend in North Carolina that’s particularly prevalent here in the Triad: lack of skilled, willing workers to fill open positions. From a report in the Winston-Salem Journal:
About half of North Carolina’s employers — corporations, small businesses, and mom-and-pop stores — are struggling to find qualified workers for open jobs.
The difficulties are even larger — at 61 percent — within the Triad…
In the Triad and other medium metro areas, 67.3 percent of employers cited employability as a challenge, along with soft skills (57.1 percent), technical skills (55 percent), lack of qualified applicants (54.1 percent) and lack of preferred work experience (52.1 percent).
So when you find yourself looking for a maintenance tech, again, just know that you aren’t alone in your struggles.
The National Apartment Association’s Education Institute has declared February Apartment Careers Month, and there are several ways members of the North Carolina the apartment industry are helping to promote it:
- Members of PTAA are participating in six high school career fairs in Guilford County.
- The mayors of High Point, Winston-Salem and Greensboro have issued proclamations declaring February Apartment Careers Month.
- Mayor Perdue has declared February Apartment Careers Month in North Carolina.
- GCAA is hosting an apartment career fair for college students on February 22 (details here)
Tami Fossum, chair of the Apartment Careers Month Committee for the National Apartment Association and vice president for management services for Blue Ridge Companies in High Point, had this to say about the Apartment Careers Month:
“The goal of Apartment Careers Month is to promote and advocate the multi-family housing industry as a viable and desirable career path,” said Fossum. “Many colleges throughout the country are now offering residential property management as a major and an increasing number of schools are considering adding curriculum related to the apartment industry.”