Today’s job market has changed significantly since the Internet gained in popularity and now the field of applicants includes not just local competition there is also global competition for the same employment positions. This makes landing a job much more difficult for the applicant and much more involved for the employer seeking someone to fill his or her position.
The historic work patterns are not reurning.
Employers and companies will always need sales and service providers so you will likely continue to see countless listings for these type jobs. However, what was true then remains true today and that is these type jobs barely pay a living wage. Of course, some, certainly not many at all will differ and pay respectable compensations which is about equivalent to a before and after scenario where another must point out the variation in two photos. Sometimes things are not as conspicuous at first glance, while others are absolutely visible to the naked eye. This is the constant that is the sales and services sector.
What you will not find in the modern job market is the stereotypical manufacturing jobs as these have all but vanished in today’s job world thanks due to new automation and outsourcing. Machines milk cows, harvest grain, grind compost, and till the ground among many other things. Mom and Pop stores on neighbourhood corners have folded to giant retailers such as Wal Mart, and because there is no population boom underway the demand for skilled tradesmen has declined. On the upside, new jobs proliferate in health care, information technology, engineering and many other employment positions that formerly only required a high school diploma now require a minimum four year college degree. What remains consistent now as before is the need for plumbers and electricians. However, electrical jobs likely require a much higher degree of expertise than simple wiring and connections.
Possibilities at the top and bottom of the tree.
The United States, the United Kingdom, and other industrialized nations have desperate need of experienced professionals-physicians, dentists, registered nurses, engineers, and educators. Hospitals and large health maintenance organizations offer alluring salary-and-benefits packages, handsome sign-on bonuses, and reimbursement of relocation costs for experienced professionals. Naturally, oncologists and professionals with specialties in geriatrics can negotiate for just about anything they want or need, because everyone desperately seeks primary care physicians and Certified Nurse Practitioners.
Of course, Haiti and Pakistan need these professionals even more desperately, but the work environments are not so nicely appointed and the compensation packages are not so compelling. The rewards, however, defy quantification. A spokesperson for the International Red Cross recently said of working in Haiti, “I have been here almost from the start. Right now, if someone offered me a ‘dream’ job and more wealth than I could imagine, I would turn him down in a heartbeat. Would not give the most seductive offer even a second thought,” she says. “Constantly tired, usually mired in mud or debris, I nevertheless cannot imagine a job more desirable than this one.”
A person beginning college, therefore, does not need a crystal ball to find career direction; each need only look inside his or her heart. For a person in mid-career, however, the path may not seem so clear. Some skills and talents adapt or transfer, but most twenty-first century career opportunities challenge mid-life workers to retrain and retool.
How the web has changed the job market
Thanks to virtual world employment job boards and outsourcing types, employers have it a bit better than an applicant seeking a position. It appears the current trend is towards younger applicants; they have the most recent training and tend to ask for less money. In past generations work force and marketplace experience was the most desirable trait an applicant possessed. One thing remains consistent from both then and now and that is that the best time to look for a new job is when you have an existing position. And especially in the United Kingdom this is the situation as curious CV explorers tend to demonstrate slight snobbery equivocating to employers supposing a worker laid-off or downsized elsewhere lacks motivation, drive, talent, skill, and training to hold his own in their vacant positions. This obviates the past timing rings true even in today’s modern world and the rule of thumb remains the best time to look for a job is while you still have one.
Recruitment work itself has changed dramatically thanks to new software applications designed for speed each offers a change from the previous manual business process and aims to increase the recruiter’s productivity. These new software applications dig thru the mounds of digital CVs and filter based on specific options and settings choices in an effort to discover the most highly qualified applicants available for open positions. The problem is that these applications are also suspected of ‘filtering’ out some of the more gifted and highly qualified prospects who may not yet be as savvy at digital employment seeking situations. In much the same manner as an excellent CV can be overlooked, a job seeker who understands the ins and outs of search engine optimization and keywords can rise to the top and appear to be the most promising choice simply because of the knowledge in how software apps filter content based on keywords.
The two most desirable skills an applicant can possess are typically communication and problem solving skills. Another plus on any CV making an applicant more desirable is being bi-lingual. Usually this means at least one of the languages spoken must be English.
The dilemma between private and public
Whether or not it is ever made public by an employer, there are certain unspoken rules relating to the use of social media and appropriate behaviours that can and do weigh in on a hiring situation. This is especially true when the employer is a high profile brand. Recruiters need to make certain that applicant and potential new hire gives the same impression they wish to portray company wide. In the past, this was something along the lines of “Dress for success” and dressing properly for the desired job interview. Now days, it is much more dependent on social network use and inappropriate behaviour both personally and professionally online. For example, any applicant who blogs about drunken and disorderly behaviour publicly if discovered will likely destroy their own chance for the position. Similarly, it is common knowledge to many recruiters around the globe that YouTube has killed as many careers as it has attempted to launch so it is imperative that applicants ‘clean up’ their own social profiles and refrain from self destructive and poorly reflecting comments especially while hunting for new employment.
In the internet age, job-seekers simply must accept that the wall between public and private has crumbled. Wise job-seekers, however, will capitalize on the opportunities created by the wall’s breach, using the internet to brand themselves, imprinting their styles and skills on FaceBook, Twitter, and upstart Tumblr. Working ahead of the curve, one recruiter claims to have perfected the art of spotting genius in 140 or fewer characters. Still quoting Wordsworth, the recruiter asserts, “When just about every Tweet shows you ‘that which has remained unseen before’, you know you want that person on your team.”
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