2017 Baby Boomer Predictions
It is January of 2017 and it is time to look to some experts for their predictions and prognostications for the coming year.
The impetus for this post came from the Hannah Morgan’s post 31 Experts Share Predictions for Job Search in 2017 where I threw in my 2 cents. However, a lot of these predictions target the general job market or even the biggest segment Gen Y. What about Baby Boomers?
I decided to ask 10 Career experts to provide their baby boomer predictions for 2017.
10 Expert Predictions for 2017
Ageism in the Workplace…
John Tarnoff, Reinvention Group LLC
LinkedIn: John Tarnoff
Ageism in the workplace may well be on the rise in 2017. While the new administration is focusing on jobs and the domestic economy, any uncertainty in the marketplace will likely make hiring managers nervous. And when that happens, long-standing biases come to the fore. An anti-regulation business climate may also embolden employers to disregard anti-discrimination rules when it comes to hiring older workers. As a result, boomers should work extra-hard on their business networking and personal connections – not only rely on resume submissions as the way to get a job.
The continuation of several established trends plus …
LinkedIn: Neil Patrick
- Jobs growth will be strong in all areas relating to care for the aging population. Large financial institutions, manufacturers, and retailers will make many more layoffs of people.
- The internet of things will grow fast. Native language (eg iOS, Android) computer coders, data security specialists, big data analysts, architects, and interpreters will be highly sought after.
- Employment levels will rise, but incomes not so much. US wage growth will remain subdued as technology investments continue to be prioritized over people assets. Wealth inequality will continue to grow.
- Large business owners will generally disinvest taking flight from risk and we’ll see several bigger corporate bankruptcies, probably in retail, vehicle manufacturing and/or leisure.
- The gig economy will continue to expand and drive down incomes for workers. Silicon Valley startups will slow but more will succeed. Venture capital will become less easily available for tech startups as the investment community takes a more mature view of opportunities in this sector.
- The level of digital media noise will increase. Job seekers will find it increasingly difficult to utilize social media in the job search unless they have advanced skills and an established online presence and also unless employers increase their understanding and intelligent use of social media.
Eighty to 90 percent of working Americans say…
Brie Reynolds, FlexJobs
Eighty to 90 percent of working Americans say they would like to work remotely at least part-time. And 68 percent said they expect to work remotely instead of commute to an office every day.
In 2017, as more companies adopt remote work and more people share what it’s like to work remotely, we expect to see more people working this way. For baby boomers, this means more remote opportunities as they consider jobs in retirement. It may be that we are moving beyond the tipping point—where remote work is seen as a standard way of working rather than a perk.
I predict that baby boomers will do better than ever in 2017…
Jean Baur, Jean Baur Consulting
I predict that baby boomers will do better than ever in 2017 because experience matters. Hiring managers understand that we bring our experience to work and this means better solutions, mentoring younger workers, a strong work ethic, and many other things. The catch is that baby boomers must show they’re with it–whether that’s the technology that’s needed for the job or other trends in an industry. And we must demonstrate that we’re energetic and excited about our work. No one wants to hire someone who is coasting. So get out there and be part of the solution!
The gig economy and remote/virtual work …
Richard Eisenberg, Next Avenue
I expect to see more job movement among those who are voluntarily …
Whatever your field, whatever your passion, it’s becoming …
Marci Alboher, Encore.org
Whatever your field, whatever your passion, it’s becoming increasingly important to learn how to work well with people who are different from you. Those who regularly build relationships across race, class and age divides will have access to more opportunities and fresh ways of thinking. But these relationships don’t come easily. Bridging differences need to be an intentional activity. So network with your children or grandchildren, volunteer in a place where you’ll come into contact with new people, or find a younger mentor or teacher.
Jobs will find the job seekers who are visible to …
Susan Joyce, NETability, Inc.
LinkedIn: Susan Joyce
In 2017, jobs will find the job seekers who are visible to recruiters in Google and LinkedIn searches. Personal search engine optimization (“SEO”) and personal online reputation management are required for a successful job search.
Now, recruiters search Google and LinkedIn to find qualified job candidates. So baby boomers who are avoiding all online visibility won’t be found. Deadly!
Even job seekers who focus on applying for jobs online are wasting their time if they don’t have an online presence that supports the claims their resumes and job applications make. Recruiters trust that what is published publicly in a LinkedIn Profile is more accurate than a resume submitted privately.
Consequently, a solid, complete, keyword-rich LinkedIn Profile is essential for most professions. The name used on the resume/job application must match the name used on the LinkedIn Profile so recruiters can easily “connect the dots” between the two.
Perhaps you’re thinking of retiring abroad, or …
Job search apps will become more …
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