Lifetime Employment “vs.” Lifetime Employability

The devils’ bargain between employers and employees…students need to understand and clearly see the reality of the workforce they’re getting ready to enter.

Global Career Compass

I’ve been a longtime user of LinkedIn and consulted on its effective use as a tool in the job search process.  The site is universally – across national borders – seen as an indispensable tool for any professional (whether employed or job seeking).  And so this article reporting an interview with the site’s founder, Reid Hoffman, was intriguing: 

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB20001424052702304168904580031461652986300.

Hoffman has a way with metaphors and I liked his statement that [private sector] employers, to remain in tune with the rapidity of change in the marketplace, will need to hire increasingly more “adaptive” employees.  However, he points out that employees also are changing how they view their loyalty and commitment to their current employer.  Thus, they are always on the lookout for their next job never feeling secure in their current assignment.  And so the new contract between the two parties is more of an open “alliance.” One…

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