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Your job seems normal now. In 15 years, when someone tells you they’re a simplicity expert or a robot counselor, you won’t blink an eye.

All of the predictions we’ve seen lately regarding the “jobs of the future” assume that we’ll even have jobs once the robots take over. Eventually, we may not. But in the medium-term future, there will still be jobs for the taking (including jobs overseeing robots).

The Canadian Scholarship Trust teamed up with futurists to imagine a job fair in 2030, with predictions based on the environmental, social, technological, and social trends happening now. Here are some of the jobs they came up with.

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Should you try to steal that perfect candidate from the competition, or keep your distance? Here’s how to feel it out.
If you’re staffing up a startup or expanding your team, you already know you can’t just rely on resumes coming over the transom. But if you meet someone spectacular at a conference, how do you know if she’s potentially recruit-able? What’s the best way to plant the idea?
A note of (legal) caution: some companies have agreements with vendors or clients not to solicit each other’s employees. If you’re in startup mode, though, you’re probably not settled enough for all that.
If you are in the legal clear, here’s how to suss out if you should try to poach that seemingly perfect candidate.
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Should you try to steal that perfect candidate from the competition, or keep your distance? Here’s how to feel it out.

If you’re staffing up a startup or expanding your team, you already know you can’t just rely on resumes coming over the transom. But if you meet someone spectacular at a conference, how do you know if she’s potentially recruit-able? What’s the best way to plant the idea?

A note of (legal) caution: some companies have agreements with vendors or clients not to solicit each other’s employees. If you’re in startup mode, though, you’re probably not settled enough for all that.

If you are in the legal clear, here’s how to suss out if you should try to poach that seemingly perfect candidate.

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A new study by Pew Internet Research takes a hard look at how innovations in robotics and artificial intelligence will impact the future of work. To reach their conclusions, Pew researchers invited 12,000 experts (academics, researchers, technologists, and the like) to answer two basic questions:
Will networked, automated, artificial intelligence (AI) applications and robotic devices have displaced more jobs than they have created by 2025?
To what degree will AI and robotics be parts of the ordinary landscape of the general population by 2025?
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A new study by Pew Internet Research takes a hard look at how innovations in robotics and artificial intelligence will impact the future of work. To reach their conclusions, Pew researchers invited 12,000 experts (academics, researchers, technologists, and the like) to answer two basic questions:

  • Will networked, automated, artificial intelligence (AI) applications and robotic devices have displaced more jobs than they have created by 2025?
  • To what degree will AI and robotics be parts of the ordinary landscape of the general population by 2025?

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Don’t let the summer slump stall your job search. Take the “work” out of networking, and get busy on social media.
There’s no doubt the job market is different from what it was 15, or even 10 years ago. With the rapid adoption of social media for the job search and a recovering economy, college grads are likely wondering what their next move should be in this often daunting process.
So how can this generation of grads navigate these murky waters? Here are five simple, yet effective, tips for those who are about to enter this constantly evolving job market:
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Don’t let the summer slump stall your job search. Take the “work” out of networking, and get busy on social media.

There’s no doubt the job market is different from what it was 15, or even 10 years ago. With the rapid adoption of social media for the job search and a recovering economy, college grads are likely wondering what their next move should be in this often daunting process.

So how can this generation of grads navigate these murky waters? Here are five simple, yet effective, tips for those who are about to enter this constantly evolving job market:

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On July 9, a Walmart representative told the Washington Post, that the retail giant would not pursue three planned D.C. stores if the city council’s living wage legislation—which would require major retailers to pay workers at least $12.50 per hour, instead of the current $8.25—passed. 
At the center of Walmart’s case are arguments that have been made pretty much any time any city tries to raise the wage standard for its workers: that higher wages are anti-business and negatively impact consumers. 
But really, much of Walmart’s historical fight against fair pay has been debunked. 
Like the myth that higher wages means fewer jobs.
"Part of the reason why higher wages don’t mean fewer jobs," says employment analyst Jack Temple, "is because higher wages offset high turnover." When you pay people more, they tend to stick around, and that gets rid of costs in new hires and absenteeism.
Here are 3 more bogus claims about why Walmart can’t pay a living wage.

On July 9, a Walmart representative told the Washington Post, that the retail giant would not pursue three planned D.C. stores if the city council’s living wage legislation—which would require major retailers to pay workers at least $12.50 per hour, instead of the current $8.25—passed. 

At the center of Walmart’s case are arguments that have been made pretty much any time any city tries to raise the wage standard for its workers: that higher wages are anti-business and negatively impact consumers.

But really, much of Walmart’s historical fight against fair pay has been debunked. 

Like the myth that higher wages means fewer jobs.

"Part of the reason why higher wages don’t mean fewer jobs," says employment analyst Jack Temple, "is because higher wages offset high turnover." When you pay people more, they tend to stick around, and that gets rid of costs in new hires and absenteeism.

Here are 3 more bogus claims about why Walmart can’t pay a living wage.

What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made (or observed) in a job interview?

The other day we wrote about 6 ways to secretly sabotage your job interview, and then we asked Facebook fans about the biggest interview mistakes they’ve ever seen. Here’s what they had to say: 
  • "Not having a convincing answer to what my strengths were." -Prashanth Challapalli
  • "When the interviewee doesn’t have a career path or salary expectation (expressing their own worth) is a turn off." - Garrett Fookes
  • "Not sending a thank you note after the interview…rookie mistake!" - The Forum: Stories That Create
  • "At the end when they say "do you have any questions" I said no. This one is a biggie." - Kathleen Stetka
  • "Sell myself short." - Milly Darby

Here, a few more. What’s the biggest interview mistake you’ve ever seen? 
"The job as we understood it is disappearing."
On Friday, May 24, at 2:00 p.m. EST senior writer Anya Kamenetz will be moderating a discussion with Glen Hiemstra, founder of Futurist.com, about how work will evolve over the next several decades both in America and globally.
Join us: Simply follow this link to register with Cisco’s WebEx software now, and then sign in on Friday to take part. Bring any questions you might have.


"The job as we understood it is disappearing."

On Friday, May 24, at 2:00 p.m. EST senior writer Anya Kamenetz will be moderating a discussion with Glen Hiemstra, founder of Futurist.com, about how work will evolve over the next several decades both in America and globally.

Join us: Simply follow this link to register with Cisco’s WebEx software now, and then sign in on Friday to take part. Bring any questions you might have.

Unemployment obviously reduces happiness, but not because of what you may think. It’s not the loss of income, but the loss of things like self-esteem and workplace social life that lead to a drop in happiness. High unemployment rates can trigger unhappiness even in the employed, who suddenly become fearful of losing their jobs. According to the study, even low quality jobs yield more satisfaction than being unemployed.

The World Happiness Report Explains What Makes People Happy