There are a number of divergent opinions as to the relative value of career planning and the manner in which the average job seeker sees and applies it. In a rapidly changing world environment, in some cases, different strategies and methods to achieve satisfying work situation may be more appropriate than the traditional career planning and, subsequent job searching methods.
The current and future economic and workforce environments are precarious and territories in which job seekers will seek work. It is a certainty that the view methods and processes associated with job seeker activities during these times need serious scrutiny. For that purpose, our goal is to explore an ...view middle of the document...
One of the goals is to address several problems and issues that can be seen in the current approaches used by many job seekers. The resulting ideas are meant to provide the job seeker with a guidance document as a roadmap that can assist him or her in flexibly adapting their work pursuit efforts in ways that can produce the most efficient, productive and satisfying work situation results.
In initiating this conversation, there are three central concepts that we center the discussion around. They are:
• Understanding the context and the requirement for modifications in career and job searching strategies and methods.
• A FRAMEWORK organized around the pursuit of work.
• Other alternatives to workforce employing organizations.
Our hope is that all persons seeking positions in today's economic and business environments at all levels and industries and those looking for work opportunities in the future will find this book useful and applicable to their individual circumstance.
Overview of Significant Job seeker Issues
As we see it, there are four (4) distinct and very significant areas of concern that are of importance to current and future individual job seekers. The ones we will address are:
• Issue #1: Highlights of the Future Labor and Workforce Environment
• Issue #2: The Traditional Career Pursuit Approach
• Issue #3: Unemployment and the Job seeker
Issue #1: Highlights of the Future Labor and Workforce Environment
In order to plan strategically for the foreseen and projected changes and trends of the new economy and business environment, job seekers have to be cognizant of the influences within that environment that have profound effects on the nature and success of the job search and the relationships between those influencing elements. Among these are fundamental changes and projections of labor and workforce requirements.
The nature of the economy and the labor workforce that is required to support it has been affected in many ways over the last decade. These effects have been global in nature. In addition, some of these resulting effects are projected to be long-term with a number of significant structural changes to take place. The job seeker must not only plan for a rational and logical progression through intermediary work situations, but, in doing so, and awareness and alignment of the relationships between workforce requirements, demographic and labor projections, economic fluctuations and the individual’s work-life balance should be planned for and integrated.
These are the key factors that significantly shape the environment in which individual contribute work. In turn, the nature and scope of work functions and the individuals required must respond to these factors in order to be productive, satisfied ad sustaining entities. Of the above factors, perhaps the economic situation and technological advances are the most effective. In both cases, they can provide either...