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Perhaps people are just hiring for the wrong positions. I sometimes refer to these as "unicorn" jobs. Companies have a hard to filling a position and continue to add new requirements and expectations to the unfilled role. After a while they would need a mythical creature to meet even their lowest expectations.

Maybe there aren't 2.5 million unfilled, incredibly skilled positions. Maybe there are really 5-7 million not so hard to fill positions that have been combined into a smaller group of unicorn jobs.

In Germany they say, 'The pig that lays eggs and gives milk.' In German you can say that in only two words.

There are positions that require a certain level of training, like physical therapist or dental technician, but I think you're onto something here!

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