Despite the high unemployment numbers, many employers say they struggle finding talent to fill open positions; however, these employers often overlook the long-term unemployed, says Ravin Jesuthasan, global head of talent management at Towers Watson, a global professional services company in New York City.

There’s a belief in the job market that those who are still unemployed were let go because of performance issues, but that often isn’t true. The latest economic downturn forced many employers to completely restructure their staffs, and workers on all levels were impacted.

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