The purpose of this book is to prepare you for doing your best in the interviewing process. At one time, performing well during the traditional interviewing process could land you the job. Not any more! The job search climate is more erratic than it has ever been.
The good news is that for the foreseeable future, there are going to be more job opportunities available than there will be people. Estimates range that there will be everywhere from 5 to 12 million more jobs between now and 2015. The 78 million baby boomers will pass the business baton to 48 million GenXers. The United States has been adding more than a hundred thousand jobs a month for the last few years. The Department of Labor says that 4.6 million people start new jobs every month. The GDP has been growing at 3% every year for the last few years, corporate profits are up, and U.S. business has been expanding at 15% per year during the last two years.
The challenging news is that the business climate is more treacherous than it has ever been. Technology has spawned a world economy. Competition has forced companies to expand and contract more rapidly than ever before. The rarity of employee layoffs in the early 1980s is now usual practice in U.S. business.
The idea of career employment is a thing of the past. A “career path” within any company is merely recruitment propaganda. Employers and employees have generational differences in values. A Gallup Organization poll in March 2007 found that 70% of U.S. employees say they feel either “not