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Why Recruiting, And The Job Market, Is Going To Get Harder: Trust

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Recruiting is going to get more difficult as talented people negotiate new ways of working, argues Kevin Wheeler at When once a company could hire John Q. Smith, now maybe John says “Yeah, I’ll work for you, but I don’t want to quit my freelance business either.” Or “…but I want flextime.” Or “…but I’m on the board of Startup X and I want to help that company grow too.”

Wheeler writes:

Negotiating the conditions of employment, hedging one job with another, being wary of accepting full-time jobs that put at risk other work or that compromise skills—those are becoming the normal patterns for accomplished professionals.

This requires companies to be flexible and recruiters to be persuasive. (“Yes, he only agreed to twenty hours a week, but look how much he can get done!”) And this is all Gen Y’s fault.

Okay, Wheeler doesn’t go that far, but since the piece is written from the perspective of a recruiter who’s job has become more difficult (for whatever reason), we thought we’d take this and spin it the other way: Jobseekers moonlight because they don’t trust their employers, often rightly. They ask for flexible scheduling because they know if they don’t ask, they’ll be at the office until 8 every night and never see their kids. They hedge their bets, in essence, because they believe their employer isn’t looking out for them.

A worker takes on a second income.
Employers see most of their workers have side jobs, so they feel less worried about initiating layoffs.
More workers pick up second jobs out of fear that they’ll be laid off.

Can’t we just go back to the time—even if it was an imagined golden age—where you put in 40 years of service and left with a pension and a gold watch?

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