the median number of years a U.S. worker has been in his or her current job is just 4.4 years” -Anya Kamenetz

I was a very determined and focused student throughout my academic career but when I got to the real world I couldn’t seem to keep myself sitting still and focused. I’ve worked in 4 industries in 6 years (finance, non-profit/gov’t, marketing and education) and always thought I was some freak of nature, that my resume was a hot mess and that I’d messed up my earning potential.


Fast Company has come to my rescue! I’m normal hoorah! It turns out the ‘20 year career’ really is dead and that companies do appreciate T-shaped quick learners like me. I’m glad to be normal and now I can call myself part of Generation Flux.

Now I need to keep working on my social and emotional IQ to stay ahead of the machines!

You can read the entire article here: http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/162/average-time-spent-at-job-4-years

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Let’s contrast the comments from most recruiters and employers. Most said that they don’t read or even get cover letters. Most said that they ignore cover letters, making their decisions on who to interview based on a resume, not a cover letter.

The original article written last year was based on 2 years of surveys with thousands of hiring managers, recruiters, and HR reps. In the same article, I published the results of a poll given to candidates, about their views of cover letters.

You’ll be amazed at the stark differences. The poll showed that candidates cling to tradition – it’s what they are comfortable with. For those in career transition, it’s just human nature to cling to comfort because it feels controllable when so much in your life feels out of your control. It should be no surprise that 96% of candidates polled used cover letters and 92% sent the same resume to all the jobs they applied to.

96% of all candidates put all of their differentiating and customizing language into a document … that gets ignored.

It’s Only Effective 3% Of The Time: What’s the ROI if a cover letter is only effective 3% of the time? Couldn’t you increase your odds by spending the time instead customizing your resume, doing more company research, making more phone calls or networking? Here are some eye opening stats from the research:
97% of Hiring Managers/Recruiters/HR reps said they make interview decisions based on the resume, not cover letters
Just 10% of Hiring Managers/Recruiters/HR reps said they read cover letters
70% of those who read cover letters also said that they still don’t give interviews to a candidate with a resume that didn’t meet criteria, even if the cover letter was awesome – most wouldn’t read the cover letter if the resume didn’t meet criteria
33% of Hiring Managers/Recruiters/HR reps said they even get cover letters – so 66% couldn’t read them even if they wanted to.

Cover Letters Can Hurt More Than Help: Every single hiring manager I talked to (the few who also said they read cover letters) could recall many times they rejected candidates based on the cover letter. Not one could recall a time that they agreed to interview a candidate with an inadequate resume and a great cover letter. So a cover letter could get you rejected, but it can’t get you an interview. Why would any candidate want this?

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Why Education Without Creativity Isn’t Enough by ANYA KAMENETZ

At the bottom of the market, there’s a growing number of service-sector jobs that require hands-on interaction in unpredictable environments–driving a bus, cooking food, caring for children or the elderly. These are impossible to outsource or replace with technology (at least until the robot revolution takes off). In the middle are jobs requiring routine information processing: accounting, typing, filing, approving a mortgage application or an insurance claim. These were once well-paid jobs held by relatively educated Americans; now they tend to be done by iGate Patni’s employees, and in the future, says Autor, they are likely to be performed by a computer.
At the top of the market are the jobs everyone wants. And guess what? These are the jobs that many graduates of the American education system are well prepared for. These jobs require creativity, problem solving, decision making, persuasive arguing, and management skills. In this echelon, a worker’s skills are unique, not interchangeable. “These jobs deal with a tremendous amount of information, but the added value of the worker is in doing the non-routine parts,” says Autor. Technology and outsourcing routine tasks make these top workers even more powerful and productive, giving them even more data and tools with which to innovate.

So with all due respect to Bill Gates, Zuckerberg, and President Obama: Science, technology, engineering, and math are not the future. Or more precisely, they’re not enough. Workers at every level benefit from an education that emphasizes creative thinking, communication, and teamwork–the very kind of excellence already offered at top American colleges.


The 10 Worst Mistakes of First-Time Job Hunters by Kelly Eggers

It’s a rare gift at any age to know what your passion is,“ said Bruce Tulgan, CEO of Rainmaker Thinking, a New Haven, Conn.-based management consultancy that focuses on integrating generations in the workplace. “In 99 out of 100 cases, people start to learn about a career path, gain experience in something, and over time they become passionate about it.

The Wall Street Journal

[The age-old question: which comes first, commitment or passion?]


The Little Book of Bulletproof Investing, Ben Stein and Phil DeMuth

Once you have acquired an education, you have to sell your services in the marketplace. This is not as easy as it sounds{…} Ideally, your career should be in that little sweet spot where three circles overlap: your passion, your talent, and the market. Or, the circles of what you love doing, what you are good at, and what people will pay you for. If you score only two out of three, eventually you will run into trouble.