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|November 1, 2010|
Third annual Job Action Day arrives with job-seekers struggling with a new and more challenging future of work, future of job-hunting.
With the U.S. unemployment rate hovering just below 10 percent, and with many workers either overworked or underemployed, we face a grim employment picture — one not expected to change anytime soon, regardless of the election outcomes on November 2 — or even 2012.
Instead, what experts envision is a prolonged period of more of the same — of slow job growth in the private sector, with fewer full-time positions — forcing many job-seekers into alternative avenues of employment.
In fact, there is consensus among experts that the largest growth in jobs will be that of self-employment, as the need for temporary workers, contract hires, freelancers, consultants, and the like expands dramatically. More people are expected to make a living combining several part-time jobs — into what has been called Portfolio Careers, 1099 Workers, and what one QuintCareers contributor calls Patchworking.
Those job-seekers who continue to work in full-time positions will also see changes, as employers will continue to combine job roles and duties. Another expected change is an increase in job flexibility, with some jobs being completed entirely off-site. While a collaborative work effort trend is expected to continue, more of said collaboration will be completed virtually rather than face-to-face.
Women, as they continue to rise in the ranks of organizations, will slowly transform the corporate cultures, workplace environments, and hiring practices of their organizations.
Finally, because of the weakness in the economy, wages are expected to stay steady at best — and in some cases, actually decline.
Want tools, tips, and advice to move your career and/or job-search forward? Find the articles and blog posts of more than 30 career experts — all focused on this year’s Job Action Day theme of creating opportunity. Go to: Job Action Day 2010: Creating Opportunity.
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