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Employed for Life

21st-Century Career Trends

Tracey Wilen, 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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A Parting Word

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The new world of do-it-yourself careers brings both promise and peril. Many people long for the old days when they could expect to work for the same company, or at least in the same industry, for an extended amount of time. And, frankly, we don’t blame them. Long jobs gave workers a sense of security, stability, community, and identity along with the tangible advantages of a salary, benefits, and a retirement plan they could count on. And having to train for a new job or career, particularly when you had anticipated staying in your old one, can be scary and a drain on your time, energy, and finances.

But we encourage you to also see the positive side of the new career landscape. For instance, you don’t have to feel locked into the same career path you chose when you were in your twenties. Though your finances and family situation will always have a great deal to do with where you work and for whom, you still have considerable freedom to change your employer and working conditions as your life circumstances change. Thanks to the Internet, you have the ability to find or create working arrangements that suit you, you’re better able to network, and you’re more informed about employers, industries, and skill requirements. You can even train for little to no cost online. And learning new skills and knowledge, while challenging, is also invigorating.

Those of you who are more fond of novelty and taking...

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