As human resources professionals are preparing for 2013, they should be aware of the challenges they can expect to face in the next year. Recruiting and retention are both expected to remain problems while HR professionals also must focus on providing career development paths and improving their own business acumen.

Recruiting troubles expected to continue

Talent shortages have been a continuing issue, especially with today's technology, says Jennifer Schramm, manager of work force trends and forecasting at the Society for Human Resource Management. Technology is changing at such a fast speed that many of the job candidates do not have the appropriate education or certifications to keep on pace. While jobs may be available, much of the work force is still behind on the necessary education to secure those positions.

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