Finding Employment Today

The words “employment” and “jobs” today have almost identical meanings among millennials. By generation the U.S. labor force from the past decade to 2015 consisted mainly of millennials or adults ranging from age 18 to 34 in 2015. This age group surpassed the “Generation X” people or those from age 35 to 50 in the same year. The rate of millennial generation joining the labor force either as employed or self-employed has gone up from 1995 to 2015.

In the past two decades, employment meant being hired by a private company or government office and punching in and out daily, five days a week for 8 hours, usually starting the work at seven or eight o’clock in the morning and ending at 5:00 PM. Getting a job meant having a monthly salary with standard deductions like the monthly employee’s contribution to social security. Having college degree would be an advantage.

Today being employed does not necessarily mean getting a job as an employee of a company or business. Among women, self-employment has become an attractive alternative. These independent people have in turn hired additional services that reached 29.4 million people. The Pew Research Center has noted that 30% of the national workforce or about 44 million jobs consist of self-employed Americans.

But this emerging workforce can also be found in almost all countries today. Advances in technology and the globalization of information has led to changes in the way younger people find employment today. Company hiring especially by government agencies is still considered as number one when it comes to employment search today since most companies offer job security or security of tenure compared to self-employment.

Investopedia provides several ways by which one can find a job. First is through networking. A job seeker can use existing online networks like LinkedIn and Facebook to find employment. Some jobs are not advertised in the daily newspapers but can be found on social media sites. Meeting professionals through networking can enhance the job-seeking capability of an applicant.

Second is through referrals. These come from contacts either by personal knowledge or through a network. If you are referred by someone you know to a company looking for qualified employees, and you are eligible, you get hired. Companies offer incentives to their employees for referring a qualified candidate to their company. Once employed, an employee receives a finder’s fee especially when top rank employees get hired.

Next is finding a job through career websites and job boards posting vacancies and employment opportunities. Often governments provide job boards where job seekers can access. The internet offers many sites that post job openings, such as Monster.com or CareerBuilder.com. These websites function like the traditional want-ads, however, with faster turnaround time and allow a job seeker to search a much more significant number of jobs over a large area.

If you are applying for a job, look at the data on unemployment rates in the countries or states of the U.S. that you are interested to work in and make a wise selection of the places where employment opportunities are better. Make sure all your documents are intact and ready.

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