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Today's Job Market

Today, the relationship between employers and employee is very different than it was in the past. It provides more opportunities for job seekers.

Not too long ago, job seekers could expect to find a job with a good company and stay there for their entire work life. Also, employees in many career pathways expected their employers to take care of them — give raises, promotions, and benefits when earned, and let employees work at the company for as long as they wanted. In that era, job loss was not common.

Today, workers in all types of careers change jobs and employers more often. Companies do not "take care" of their employees as they used to. And employees are more likely to be laid off through no fault of their own. But it is not all bad news for employees. 

How it used to be: How it is today:
1. Employees did not plan to change jobs or companies too often. Employers did not trust those who change jobs every few years. 1. Employees tend to change jobs every few years. Each move brings more skills and opportunities.
2. Employer = Caretaker. Companies laid off workers only when things were really bad. Workers planned to be in one full-time job long term. 2. Layoffs are more common. Workers see themselves as contractors, and employers as customers. Part-time and temporary positions are more common.
3. Employees stayed with one employer for a long time to get good benefits. Employers paid benefits based on how long you worked and your wage. 3. Employees take their retirement savings with them when they change jobs. Workers are in charge of their own retirement plans.

This new relationship between employers and employees means that more companies might be willing to take a chance on a person who has a criminal record who has the right skills and other qualifications that fit their needs.

Today's world of work expects every job seeker and employee to have goals and plans. Succeeding in today's world of work means that you have to take responsibility for your career.

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