- Fifty percent of the workforce added in 2010 will be made up of one form or another of contingent workers, says the report The Emerging New Workforce by Littler Mendelson, P.C., which provides employment and labor-law solutions. “As a result,” the report states, “approximately 25 percent to as high as 35 percent of the workforce will be made up of temporary workers, contractors, or other project-based labor. The numbers of professionals working in temporary or alternative work arrangements will continue to rise. Flexible work schedules and telecommuting will increase as companies turn towards practical solutions to efficiently complete tasks while retaining talented individuals.” [Similarly: Freelance Nation: Why Permanent Jobs May Not Come Back by Charles Hugh Smith, DailyFinance; Need a job? Contract work could be new normal by Eve Tahmincioglu, MSNBC; One-in-Five employers to hire full-time, permanent staff in Q4: survey by International Business Times]
- A looming skills mismatch is preventing some workers from obtaining jobs even as employers increase hiring. During the recession, employers had to make do with fewer workers, and those workers took on more functions. “Now, someone who hopes to get those jobs must meet the new requirements,” reports Christopher S. Rugaber in an Associated Press article. Technology has also added to the skills mismatch. [Similarly: The Stagnating Labor Market by Arjun Jayadev and Mike Konczal, The Roosevelt Institute]
- Competition for jobs has reached an historic high, reports OnRec.com. “Job-seekers are facing the toughest job market conditions ever recorded, with average number of applications at a 22-month high of 18 per job,” the recruiting organization notes.
- Some employers have begun to encourage the unemployed not to apply for jobs, blogged Laura Bassett in The Huffington Post, also noting that 5.5 people are looking for work for every job available, according to the latest data from the Labor Department.
A new college graduate get a great job opportunity based on the strength of his online persona and with zero traditional job-hunting efforts.
A highly successful executive lose opportunities because of negative comments about him ‘yelped’ online by disgruntled former employees.“It’s essential to understand your online identity, keep it as positive as possible, and realize that employers are making judgment calls based on what they find online,” exhorts Kursmark, who can be reached by email. Meg Guiseppi has even specific advice on online networking: “Embrace the branding and networking power of Twitter,” suggests Guiseppi, who is a C-level executive branding, resume, online identity and job-search strategist at Executive Career Brand. “With its easy accessibility, Twitter helps you get on the radar of, build trust with, and stay top-of-mind with recruiters, employer hiring decision makers, industry thought leaders, and subject matter experts. And, through the tweets of those you follow, you may uncover job opportunities, gather market intelligence, and discover challenges facing your target companies, which you’re ready to help them overcome,” says Guiseppi, whom you can reach through Twitter, LinkedIn, and email. “Persistence is more important than ever,” observes career coach Deborah Brown-Volkman, PCC, of Surpass Your Dreams. “In the past, you could get a new job more eaqsily, or possibly you received a referral that got you in the door quickly. Today, you have to follow up, follow up, and then follow up more. The person who will excel in this economy is the person that will give it another shot despite knowing if it will make a difference or not. Professional and respectful persistence is your pathway to job-search success now,” says Brown-Volkmann, who can be reached via email. Laura M. Labovich, MLRHR, takes this follow-up advice a step further. “Follow up with the hiring manager and/or recruiter after a rejection to solicit feedback, advice, and suggestions,” advises Labovich, who is chief career strategist at the Aspire! Empower! Career Strategy Group. “They may not want to share this information, so don’t be surprised if you get a no. But any candid feedback you do receive could help you to fine-tune your interview or job-search campaign to a large extent and, ultimately, help you successfully land your next job. After all, a ‘no’ today could be a ‘Yes’ tomorrow,” says Labovich, who can be reached by email, Twitter, LinkedIn. For more advice, see a full line-up of Job Action Day 2010 resources, including articles and blog entries.