Help Wanted: Job and Career Information for the New Millennium


BRASS/PLA Program, ALA Annual Conference
New Orleans, LA, June 28, 1999

Presentation Outline

Timothy A. Dixon, MLS
Director of Information Services and Technology
Career Development Services
706 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
Fax: 716.244.9409

Overview & Context

  • The Seeds
  • The Crop
  • The Harvest
  • Replanting

The Seeds: Legacy of the 70s & 80s

  • Complacency, ignoring competition
  • Lost marketshare and markets
  • Hostile takeovers
  • Retooled and reengineered
  • Downsized & rightsized
  • A special message to workers

The Crop: Demographic/Economic Shift

  • Boomers, Cuspers and GenXers
  • Education and skills gaps
  • Free agent culture
  • A special message for companies

The Harvest: The Workforce of the Future

  • Career self-reliance
  • Employers of choice
  • Job Bidding/Talent Banks/Situation Ads
  • Boomer/GenX sensitivity training
  • Working retirement
  • Telecommuting
  • Leadership replaces management

Help Wanted In the Corporate World

  • Proactive: Web-based recruiting
  • Proactive: Career and learning centers
  • Proactive-Reactive: Transition centers
  • Reactive: Outplacement centers

Services Offered in Corporate Centers

  • Bricks and mortar centers
  • Counseling and assessment
  • Training
  • Resources
  • Online career services

Resource Issues

  • Inwardly focused
  • Outwardly focused
  • Combo inwardly and outwardly focus
  • Occupation/function mix
  • Level of education
  • Formats

Types of Resources

  • LAN/WAN Computer based training
  • Subscription Internet services
  • General Internet services
  • Performance and skills gap software
  • Development planning software
  • CD-ROM and software
  • Audiocassettes
  • Videocassettes
  • Books and workbooks
  • Periodicals


  • Circulation Records Indicate
    • Communication skills top item
    • Personal effectiveness
    • <12% of circulation is for job search
  • Web Log Analysis
    • Reflects initial findings of circulation
    • Queries are analyzed for new issues

bullet Help Wanted: Job and Career Information for the New Millenium
BRASS Program, ALA Annual Conference, June 28, 1999

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