How To Keep Your Job Search Going When Hiring Slows Down

from Forbes Hiring is slowing down: Business Insider, NPR and USA Today all ran stories covering a variation on how businesses are increasingly reluctant to hire. Between global market volatility and uncertainty around coronavirus, there are plenty of reasons why companies choose to wait on hiring more staff. If you’re looking for a job, this could mean a longer search, which is hard emotionally and financially. Less hiring also means a more competitive search, as candidates vie for a shrinking pool of jobs. However, don’t just sit back and brace for the worst. Here are five ways to keep your […]

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Jobs Will Be Very Different In 10 Years

from Reimagining The Future As many focus on the future of work, various different perspectives are presented. A common theme is emerging: Jobs will be there, but they will be very different within the next decade. This recent Article draws three conclusions: In 10 years time, 50% of jobs will be changed by automation – but only 5% eliminated. 9 out of 10 jobs will require digital skills. Young, low-skilled and vulnerable people – all need help with up-skilling. Several critical points are made by the World Economic Forum article: More here.

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The Robot Revolution Will Be Worse For Men

from recode The robots will someday take our jobs. But not all our jobs, and we don’t really know how many. Nor do we understand which jobs will be eliminated and which will be transitioned into what some say will be better, less tedious work. What we do know is that automation and artificial intelligence will affect Americans unevenly, according to data from McKinsey and the 2016 US Census that was analyzed by the Brookings think tank.  Young people — especially those in rural areas or who are underrepresented minorities — will have a greater likelihood of having their jobs replaced by […]

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What We Often Get Wrong About Automation

from HBR When leaders describe how advances in automation will affect job prospects for humans, predictions typically fall into one of two camps. Optimists say that machines will free human workers to do higher-value, more creative work. Pessimists predict massive unemployment, or, if they have a flair for the dramatic, a doomsday scenario in which humans’ only job is to serve our robot overlords. What almost everyone gets wrong is focusing exclusively on the idea of automation “replacing” humans. Simply asking which humans will be replaced fails to account for how work and automation will evolve. Our new book, Reinventing Jobs: […]

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We’re Not Job Hopping Enough, That’s A Problem For Fed Chair Powell

from Forbes Janet Yellen, the former Chair of the Federal Reserve of the United States and a leading labor economist, had a rule of thumb: to achieve a healthy labor market, U.S. nominal wages needed to grow 3 – 4%.  Her successor, Jerome Powell, faces a challenge; despite a U.S. unemployment rate close to multi-decade lows, nominal wage improvements have lagged. This isn’t just a U.S. phenomenon. Research from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) shows that since 2007, in G-7 countries, real wages increased 0.5% annually, compared to 1.3% over the previous decade. Since real-wages adjust for […]

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He’s One Of The Only Humans At Work — And He Loves It

from WaPo Inside a warehouse the size of seven football fields, hundreds of robots pack roughly 200,000 boxes each day and ship them to customers across China. Four humans babysit.  One is Zou Rui, 25, a soft-spoken engineer who stands for much of his eight-hour shift in New Balance sneakers, monitoring a milky-white mechanical arm. It plunges up and down like a pecking chicken, grabbing parcels with a suction-cupped hand and dropping them into containers on a conveyor belt. If something looks odd, Zou rushes to fix it. Otherwise, he said, he jots notes in a binder, tracking the arm’s […]

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The Online Gig Economy’s ‘Race to the Bottom’

from The Atlantic You can buy almost any thing you want online—toothpaste, books, plastic devices that allow you to lick your cat. On digital work platforms like Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer.com, you can also buy nearly any service—often from someone halfway around the world, sometimes for just a few bucks. On Fiverr, one of the most popular of these platforms, you’ll find offers for someone who will write an e-book “on any topic”; a person who will perform “a Voiceover as Bernie Sanders”; someone who will write your Tinder profile for you, and someone who will design a logo for […]

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The New Labor Day

from Seth’s Blog One day a year isn’t much to spend honoring the folks that built everything. One day a year for the more than twenty that died from the heights and in the caissons as they built the Brooklyn Bridge. One day a year to remember the 123 women and 23 men who died in the Triangle Shirtwaist tragedy. And one day a year for the overlooked and disrespected, for the hardworking and the burnt out. More here.

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How Not to Get a Job

from NYTs What do a fragrance designer, New York City cop, bed-and-breakfast manager and youth hockey coach have in common? Each of them recently applied for an account director position at my public relations firm, along with 500 others whose experience and skill sets ranged from vaguely on-point to off-the-charts irrelevant. Auto collections manager? Home health aide? Visual merchandiser? Count them all in. It’s not that my postings on Indeed, LinkedIn and other career sites weren’t explicit in outlining desired qualifications. I added instructions urging candidates to contact us only if they had backgrounds in journalism, P.R. or law. There […]

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The AI Threat Isn’t Skynet. It’s The End Of The Middle Class

from Wired IN FEBRUARY 1975, a group of geneticists gathered in a tiny town on the central coast of California to decide if their work would bring about the end of the world. These researchers were just beginning to explore the science of genetic engineering, manipulating DNA to create organisms that didn’t exist in nature, and they were unsure how these techniques would affect the health of the planet and its people. So, they descended on a coastal retreat called Asilomar, a name that became synonymous with the guidelines they laid down at this meeting—a strict ethical framework meant to ensure […]

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The Best Of The Best U.S. Jobs Are Tech, Tech And Tech, Again

from USA Today Hey kids, want to grow up to land the best job in the country? Then keep poring over those math and science textbooks. Jobs that require a range of STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and math) claimed 14 spots in Glassdoor’s new “50 Best Jobs in America” survey, out Monday. This includes the top-seeded position: data scientist, a job in which you employ considerable math and computer programming skills to wrestle huge amounts of raw data into intelligible and useful data sets. That job took the crown with a leading Glassdoor score that reflected the number of openings for the position (currently 4,184), a top […]

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Welcome To The Post-Work Economy

from co.Exist If the goal of the economy is to provide decent-paying work for everyone, that economy clearly isn’t doing a good job at the moment. Real wages for most Americans haven’t increased in 40 years. Real unemployment—which includes the “under-employed”—is above 10%. Many jobs are now part-time, flexi-time, or “gigs” with no benefits and few protections. And, we spend a lot of money to subsidize so-called “bullshit jobs“: more than 50% of fast food workers receive some form of public assistance, for instance. And, even for people who are employed, work often isn’t that fun. For all the talk of the meaning and […]

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