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Employed for Life

21st-Century Career Trends

Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, Courtney L. Vien and Gary Daugenti

Employed for Life: 21st-Century Career Trends is the first book to explore career development from the viewpoints of firm managers, HR professionals, recruiters, job seekers, and employees. It examines such topics as new developments in recruiting and career development; the ways social, cultural, and technological forces have changed careers; and best practices for job hunting and career planning. The authors use primary and secondary research to provide insight on how the nature of work has changed and what that means for individuals' career plans. Employed for Life shares career advice from recruiters and HR professionals and provides a framework that readers can use to ensure lifelong employment.
Some of the questions answered in this book include:
How are the new demographics of the United States changing the way we work?
How will longevity impact career planning?
Is technology creating more jobs than it destroys?
What are HR professionals doing to address talent management in the 21st century?
What insights can recruiters provide to help employees navigate a dynamic marketplace?
How are employees finding work in a difficult job market?
How can individuals plan for a career that could last 50 years or longer?
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6. Recruiters 101: What You Need to Know to Make Recruiters Part of Your Career Strategy By Gary Daugenti, Founder and President, Gent & Associates

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Technology has dramatically changed the way that companies hire and individuals conduct their job searches. Innovations in job search tools such as social networking sites, job search engines, resume and cover letter software, and online skill assessment tools have expanded the options that job seekers have to pursue openings. The technologies employers use to find candidates have evolved as well. Applicant tracking systems, online screening tools, digital testing, and sophisticated background checking services all help employers target the best talent.

And yet finding the right person for a high level job is still an extremely complex job—all the more so today, when companies can source talent from across the country and around the world. Plus, there are some intangible aspects of the talent search process that computers just can’t handle. This is where recruiters come in.

Most job seekers know all about networking, searching for open positions online, and posting their resumes to job boards. But there’s one way of finding a job that’s still a mystery to many: working with a recruiter. Many people don’t know how or whether to contact recruiters, or what to do if a recruiter gets in touch with them. Others approach recruiters the wrong way, which hurts their chances of finding a job through a recruiter.

To successfully work with recruiters, it helps to know a little bit about what their goals are and how they function. Below, I’ll explain how recruiters assess ← 115 | 116 → candidates, what...

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