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2010-04-13 We Are The Network: The Changing Employer-Employee Relationship – What is a Career Today?

April 8th, 2010

The Changing Employer-Employee Relationship: What is a Career Today?

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This Tuesday, Apr 13, at the Epoch Institute in Second Life

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This Week’s Topic

The Changing Employer-Employee Relationship: What is a Career Today?

The concept of career has changed dramatically in our lifetime. For our parents, a career was often a single track kept throughout your working life. It was common to have a job working for one employer for years and sometimes decades. A 2008 data release from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the average worker aged 18-42 held 10.8 jobs. On average, workers now change jobs every 2.2 years (from data that precedes the recent severe recession, which has likely further altered these numbers.)

Where companies used to take care of their employees based on an unwritten contract of long-term responsibility, the contract, if it exists, has dramatically changed.

What are the expectations of employers towards their employees now? How do current hiring practices, on-going management practices and release practices illustrate new employer beliefs? What are the expectations of employees towards employers? What are best practices for finding and keeping jobs in a world in which increasingly the employee’s first interview is with a machine?

How have these changes altered the nature of work and of the career concept?

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Best regards,


Reading links below – have fun and see you soon!

Resume, Meet Technology: Making Your Resume Format Machine-Friendly

Talent Acquisition Trends

Driving Selective Retention Through Internal Mobility Systems (note: article on a talent acquisition vendor web site)

7 creative ways to innovate your talent acquisition: Innovation attracts the innovative!

Medical Device Sales: Recruiter Goes Through Resumes (YouTube video 6:03)

Gallup Study: Engaged Employees Inspire Company Innovation

Predictions for 2010: Five Changes in the Way We Work

How to Change a Culture: Lessons From NUMMI

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Note: The following is a transcript of some comments copied and pasted from the Second Life inworld discussion, and so does not include the original voice and full text discussion. (This was a first experiment at using this sort of mixed format… to be continued!)

Click the play button below to review the archive.

  1. April 9th, 2010 at 11:39 | #1

    Here are a couple more related links:

    Interview with founder of ODesk.com – global services sourcing marketplace

    Adventures in Outsourcing: Rent-A-Coder vs ODesk

  2. April 15th, 2010 at 07:53 | #2

    For the folks who thought I was kidding about “first interview is with a machine,” check out this posting – Alicia Keys looking for a head blogger http://jobview.monster.com/Head-Blogger-Job-New-York-NY-US-87284537.aspx?WT.mc_n=CRMUS001065

    Note the selection process write-up:
    “All eligible candidates will be evaluated by Monster’s 6Sense™ search technology.

    If you are selected for the first round of interviews, …”

    Interviews by a machine are a reality, for better or worse.

  1. April 9th, 2010 at 08:11 | #1
  2. April 12th, 2010 at 06:44 | #2
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