I am placing a wager on the future of the American worker. I believe that power will shift, companies will come to understand the value of the labor, and you will have every opportunity to work for [and demand] the compensation & benefits you deserve.
Unfortunately, the future is not here. Not yet, anyway. It’s not coming tomorrow. Or the next day. Or sometime in the near future. The future comes incrementally and at its own pace. The biggest changes often take years to fully realize.
If the concept of work isn’t changing in any major way any time soon, I’d like to ask,
Where does this ambiguity leave us as job seekers, recruiters, and HR professionals?
I don’t know about you, but I think we’re in a perpetual state of beta. Trying new things. Learning new technology. Fucking around the edges of our comfort zones. Making shit up as we go along because that’s the only way to do it, sometimes.
As a job seeker, I want you to remember this moment when I warned you against 99% of career bloggers, including me, who are fully dependent on your confusion for a main source of income. These writers and bloggers use your fear and listlessness as a means to further their own personal agendas and economic interests.
As a recruiter, I want you to think about how your your choices and personal misconceptions about the hiring process can relegate an entire family into poverty. What personal biases do you carry about the ideal candidate? Have you ever been wrong? How do you atone for those mistakes?
As a Human Resources professional, I want you to think about how you’re interjecting yourselves at the wrong times and in the wrong ways. Think about how you operate as a speed bump in the global marketplace, and think of ways you can extricate yourself from those situations.
As a career advisor and Human Resources blogger, I will connect you with the best and the brightest thinkers out there. I will deconstruct the myths behind social media, recruiting, and your job search. I will tell you what works and offer solutions. I will help you learn how to use new & emerging technologies to connect with the right people. I will encourage you to challenge the status quo — if only for the sake of understanding new ways of thinking about your career, your compensation, and your personal identity.
I ask that you do the same for me.