|11/02/2010 at 12:58 am - |
The May 23, 2009 issue of Time Magazine has a cover story called “The Future of Work, The Way We’ll Work” (http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1898024_1898023,00.html) that I think is very relevant to this discussion forum. It talks about ten significant ways that the workplace will change as we climb our way out of this recession.
“Though unemployment is at a 25-year high, work will eventually return. But it won’t look the same. No one is going to pay you just to show up. We will see a more flexible, more freelance, more collaborative and far less secure work world. It will be run by a generation with new values – and women will increasingly be at the controls.” – Time Magazine, “The Way We’ll Work,” p. 39, May 23, 2009.
I think the article is a good start in helping us to try and “see over the horizon” to get a better view of the landscape we and our children will be working in. For example, according to the article we will probably work many more years and have many more jobs than our parents; there will be a much higher expectation of productivity from our employers; perks and retirement benefits will be shifted more and more from the employer to the employee; etc. The article does not place values on whether these changes are good or bad, but rather presents the case that they will lead to different opportunities, many of which we can not yet foresee.
It is not just the way we work that will change, the way we look for jobs and the information we present to get jobs will also change. Employers will need to be sold on your value because you are up against a lot more competition. One way to stand out in a crowd of applicants is to create your on-line eportfolio or Web Portfolio. There are several eportfolio and Web Portfolio internet sites available. One of the best ones out there is Apojigo at http://www.apojigo.com. Apojigo has a very easy to use tab based interface that lets you create an online eportfolio that can contain any multimedia material you want to present. You can include your resume, write a biography and samples of your work. E-Portfolio and online Web Profiles are a great resource to give potential employers. Web Portfolios allow you to include additional supporting information along with your references.
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