Job Trends You Need to Know

We all need to stay aware of what is happening or might be coming in the job market, as best we can. It’s a matter of enlightened self-interest and astute career management, for one thing. Although there are a lot of possibilities you might want to think about, some are probably more likely to arise than others and deserve special attention. That’s why I found “5 Need-to-Know Trends in Today’s Job Market” by Michelle Rafter to be particularly interesting. You can find her article here, but I’ll give you some of the high spots:

“Here are five other job market trends to be aware of, especially if you’re over 40:

1. Boomers are staying in the work force longer. People are likely to continue working longer, the EBRI study concludes, to save more for retirement, make up for investment portfolios that tanked during the recession or to retain health insurance coverage.

2. Despite a national unemployment rate of 9.1 percent, certain jobs remain unfilled due to lack of essential skills.

3. People may be working, but they’re overworked or unhappy, and many would switch jobs if they could.

4. Employees are happier with more flexible work schedules, but so far, most don’t have them.

5. More public and private employers offer telecommuting, but they still lag worker interest.”

Smart job-seekers and career-managers (and don’t we all want to fit those categories?) know they can no longer count on employers to take care of them, if they ever could. Good companies do treat their employees well, but even they don’t guarantee desirable employment indefinitely. They can’t. The best possibility you can hope for these days is long-term employment; lifetime employment is a long-gone myth. Keeping informed about trends in the job market will help you focus on what’s possible, rather than what’s not, and choose your actions accordingly.

2 Comments on “Job Trends You Need to Know

  1. People need to stop viewing the first few months as unemployment but see it as evaluation and skill updating or re-skilling. As folks look thorough the various places online and via the print media and start seeing jobs with titles that they can fill but see job requirements that they do not have, they need to turn to the public programs who are there to help them acquire new skills or re-career. Virtually everyone who is laid off is eligible for these free programs.

    • Steve, you are so right, and I apologize for being so slow to acknowledge that! I think too many job seekers are inclined to write off free/public programs without even bothering to check them out. From what I’m hearing and seeing, more and more people are going to need to enhance their skills or develop new ones to shift their focus to opportunities they can pursue effectively.