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The Good News About Automation
While a new report projects automation will replace many workers in the next 12 years, other changes may spur opportunities for both companies and humans

by Wayne D'Orio at

Job Search Tips from Glassdoor to Find – and Land
– Your Dream Job in 2018


80 is the new 60

by Cielito F. Habito at

The Right Perspective

More help for the 50+ job seeker:

Nearly two in five (38 percent) U.S. job seekers and employees1 are currently searching for or plan to begin looking for a new job in 2018, according to a new survey1 from Glassdoor, one of the world's largest and fastest-growing job sites. To empower job seekers to find the right job, Glassdoor has launched a new online class, How to Get a Job: A Step-by-Step Guide, to help job seekers learn everything they need to know to land a job today, including searching for a job, building the perfect resume and cover letter, capturing an employer’s attention in an interview, negotiating pay, navigating an offer and more.

Automation could replace up to one-third of the global workforce by 2030, according to the latest McKinsey report, Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation. But as staggering as that prediction is, experts say the biggest impact for companies may come from elsewhere in the 160-page study.

    The good news is that, even if millions of workers lose their jobs, rising consumption, an aging population’s new demands and the continuation of new technologies will combine to create more than enough jobs to meet workforce needs, says Susan Lund, one of the report’s eight authors.

For years, it has been fairly common to hear the observation that “60 is the new 40,” referring to how 60-year-olds are now much healthier and more active than they were one or two generations ago. In a recent gathering with fellow senior-agers, someone remarked — jokingly, I assume — that the United Nations will soon redefine “youth” to extend to age 60, while “senior age” will begin at age 80. “Middle-aged” will now refer to those who are 60-80, while “elderly” will henceforth supposedly refer to those 90 years old and above.

When you’re looking for a job, you probably have certain things weighing heavily on your mind. Am I going to like what I’m doing? Will they pay me enough money? Will I fit into the organization’s culture? Will I get along with my co-workers? Are there enough benefits associated with the job to make it worth my while?

    All valid questions. All legitimate concerns… from your perspective.

    Although you need to feel comfortable with the answers to those questions, you haven’t been offered the job yet. And what do you think is standing in the way of that offer?

    The obvious answer is people doing the hiring. They have questions as well, and their questions are rooted in their own perspectives – which most likely are very different from yours.

    Let’s start with the 600-pound gorilla in the room: “I’m paying your salary. What are you going to do for me?”

    That’s not a functional question. (“I’m going to be your office manager.”) What you do is not their first concern. It’s more likely, “How can you help me?” The outcomes of your efforts are more important than the title. Will you make the company more profitable? Will you make the organization more efficient? Will you make the company’s customers more satisfied? How will the organization benefit from you – not just performing the functions associated with your job – but how will the organization benefit from YOU!

    Keep in mind, you’re most likely not the only person applying for this position. You need to demonstrate why you are the best person for the job. It’s a safe bet that no one is “uniquely qualified” and certainly, no one irreplaceable. A colleague recently reminded us that “cemeteries are full of people who couldn’t be replaced.”

    Put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Think like a business owner. “How are you going to help me solve my problems, or make me (or my organization) more successful?”

    If you can answer that question, you’ll have the inside track on landing that job.

3 Major Red Flags When It Comes to Taking a Job
Don't overlook these reasons to walk away

by Daniel B. Kline, Selena Maranjian, And Maurie Backman from Motley Fool

Sometimes the excitement over landing a potential new job causes you to overlook some major red flags. In many cases, the problems aren't hidden, but we're willing to overlook them because we want a change, the money is better, or the new situation is a much-wanted promotion.

    It's important, however, no matter how excited you are, to listen to that little voice in the back of your head.

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