Episode NO.302

President & CEO of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future. Marie Trzupek Lynch knows job placement – or just getting a job in general – is tougher than it it should be for employers and prospective employees. The pandemic has only further put a spotlight on glaring holes in the job market – namely: there isn’t much of one.

As the founding President and CEO of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and previously lead Chicago Career Tech, Marie has made aligning the underemployed and unemployed with jobs that fit their skill level. Like she says in the podcast, private companies will either outsource talent or build within it. Organizations like Skills help companies gain access to their local neighborhoods to build within.

She joins the show to talk about working with the state and city governments, the overwhelming disparity between job openings and job applicants, what companies can do to better fill their openings and the critical importance of education and credentialing for the jobs of the future.