Global Thought Leaders Speak Out on the 21st Century Workforce
Robots are coming for your job
Bryan Dean Wright
Viral video released in February showed Boston Dynamics' new bipedal robot, Atlas, performing human-like tasks: opening doors, tromping about in the snow, lifting and stacking boxes. Tech geeks cheered and Silicon Valley investors salivated at the potential end to human manual labor.
Shortly thereafter, White House economists released a forecast that calculated more precisely whom Atlas and other forms of automation are going to put out of work. Most occupations that pay less than $20 an hour are likely to be, in the words of the report, “automated into obsolescence.”
The so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution has found its first victims: blue-collar workers and the poor. MORE
Start Your Job Search with Re-search
Your first research challenge: study yourself
For some people, starting a job search, that first thing on Monday morning, they’re all pumped up to start and they start calling companies on day one. They’re calling companies submitting their resumes to most any job opening that they can find on any jobs website. MORE
The Long and Winding Road
Where your job search ends may be very different from the beginning
Every job-search-advice article you have read always says to “network.”Although estimates and surveys vary, most of the current studies peg networking as being involved – to one degree or another – in 80-85 percent of all job placements.
As important as networking is, there are things you should be doing before you step out of the door or pick up a phone. Those things start with a network of one: yourself. MORE
Want to Stand Out from the Crowd?
You have a story. Tell it.
Recently I was asked: “Do employers read cover letters?” Well it depends.
If you are sorted out by an applicant tracking system (ATS), I doubt it. Smaller companies (less than 50 employees) might read your cover letter. To ensure your letter is read, ask the person who suggested the company to recommend someone to whom you should address your letter. MORE
Success in the New Economy
Direction and Motion Graphics: Brian Y. Marsh
Written and Narrated by: Kevin Fleming
Citrus College supported the production of “Success in the New Economy” to help a broader audience begin to understand preparation today for tomorrow’s labor market realities. The end result is a compelling case for students to explore career choices early, make informed decisions when declaring their college education goal, and to consider technical skill acquisition, real-world application and academics (career technical programs) in tandem with a classic education. This balanced approach to life and learning results in a well-educated and employed workforce.
– Joe Ortenzi
For the last 16 years, Joe has operated Skills Enrichment Group – his own company which focuses is on return-to-work services. He has more than three decades experience putting difficult-to-place individuals in satisfying employment. During this time, he has learned how to break through the clutter and make his clients stand out among the multitudes of job seekers.