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Is Long-Term Employment a thing of the past?

     Is long-term employment a thing of the past?

     I say yes. Do you?

     In a great video interview withDiversityInc.com Cal Jackson of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida says everyone should have an updated resume at all times and be ready for the next opportunity. Jackson says its not "cradle to grave" anymore for workers and that by the age of 30 most Gen Ys will have had more than 10 jobs. Even if you stay at a company, the owner may change a few times as those in banking have learned, he points out. (Click here to see the video)

     While people aren't as quick to jump ship in a recession, I think this downturn pretty much wiped out any sense of employee loyalty, dreams of flexibility and hope of long term employment. I can't tell you how many interviews I have done with workers who say, "I can't believe they laid me off. I had been there more than 10, 20, 30 years. Yes, long term employment may be a thing of the past. But as this recession has taught us, reinvention and entrepreneurialism are a thing of the future.


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adrin rogers

Great blog.. Your posts have good content

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John Calia

Interim employment has been a growing industry for over 20 years. Why? Because it gives the employer two critical advantages over traditional long term employees. First, it's a "try and buy" situation. How many times have you hired a great person with a great resume and references and had them not work out. They might be a bad fit for your team or just not as strong as you thought. Bring in an interim executive for 6 months and if it doesn't work out, you can part friends.

Second, there is no risk to getting rid of a failed "try and buy". It is understood up front that the assignment will end within a period of a few months. No risk of lawsuits, no COBRA, no legal attachments of any kind.

If it works out... Great!! If not, so what?

For small businesses hiring a senior executive, I recommend to my clients and friends that they work together on a project even if it means working nights and weekends. A bad hire in a key position in a small company can be devastating. Why risk it?

Now, if we can convince the banks that interim employees are a good risk so they can get mortgages again, all the pieces will fall into place.


It definitely is. I am involved in hiring and when I review resumes, I am shocked to see the number of jobs people have had in the last 10 years. I would guess that the majority of what I see have had 5 or more jobs in last 10 years

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