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Inside "Employed for Life", 21st Century Career Trends – Q&A, Part III

How HR professionals and Recruiters are addressing 21st Century talent and resourcesWhat are HR professionals are doing to address talent management in the 21st Century?

  • Skilled, versatile HR managers are in demand. HR best practices vary by firm and industry as HR managers think deeper about how to retain top talent, address a diverse workforce: multi-generations, variation of skills and education, technology differences and respond to drivers other than cash.
  • "A" players (employees) and automation will replace the mediocre employee.
  • Culture is key—Culture varies by firm and it is the critical glue to attract, employ, and retain top talent.
  • Transparency is critical. Firms that are more transparent about work environment, politics, promotion and salary will improve employment accuracy and retention.
  • Working to live replaces living to work. Employees are prioritizing a fulfilled life over work.
  • Employee empowerment and leadership opportunities are important for retention.

What insights can recruiters provide to help employers and employees navigate in a dynamic marketplace?

For employers:

  • Accurate job descriptions can increase hiring matches between 20-40%. The Job description is an important tool to communicate job requirements but often overlooked by most hiring managers.
  • Providing visibility about the firm up front and fit requirements can reduce unnecessary turnover by 25%.
  • It is not just about salary anymore (traceywilen.com & juststaff.com survey of job hunters). Flexibility, benefits, long-term employment increasingly have more weight in the employee job decision process.
  • Recruiters will be increasingly important for employers strive to hire more highly skilled people and skill shortages increase.

For employees

  • Hiring is about people. Networking is still the key method to get hired. Networking today includes face to face and on-line tools such as Linked In.
  • Less is best. Research and plan before you start your job hunt. Technology helps employers, store, and sort resumes. Make each application count.
  • Who will hire me? Employees should make an honest personal skill assessment and then target companies that will hire them.
  • Be easy to find through positive online traces. Maintain a professional profile on sites such as Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.
  • Many more options today. There’s great demand for talent from small or medium-sized firms in small towns and rural areas. If you’re flexible about your title, salary, and location many more doors will open for you.

To learn more about technologies with the potential to reshape your job read the book Employed for Life, 21st Century Career Trends.

Dr. Tracey Wilen is a prominent thought leader on the impact of technology on society, work and careers. She’s been a scholar at Stanford University and has held leadership positions at Apple, HP, Cisco, and the Apollo Group. Dr. Wilen has authored 11 books. Her new book Employed for Life , 21st Century career trends was just released.

She has appeared on CNN, Fox and CBS news, in The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. She frequently contributes to The Huffington Post, the Examiner, and the Christian Science Monitor and is on radio shows across the US weekly as an expert guest. She is a global speaker on the impact of technology on work, careers, and women’s leadership. She was honored by the San Francisco Business Times as a 2012 Most Influential Woman in Bay Area Business. www.traceywilen.com, @traceywilen

Dr. Wilen is on a corporate speaking tour on the topic of 21st Century Careers and can be reached traceywilen.com, @traceywilen or FB Dr.TraceyWilen