Not always. Nor will the skill sets that brought them to now be needed or desired in the next mass hiring. Is it good news? Unless you are one of those workers who are over 40, then you need a little boost.
If someone is over 40 and needs a job to keep their family fed and sheltered, they may find themselves chronically unemployed or vastly underpaid. If this is someone you recognize in the mirror, you will interview with two strikes against you to start. Age is strike one, and the salary you used to make is strike two. Strike three will be the fear of health risk and lack of current knowledge in the field.
As business moves forward and time to double general knowledge shrinks, changes to cutting edge technology are inevitably going to happen faster and faster. Needed skill sets will change more often, and both employers and employees are in real danger of being left in a bind. Employees will not find sustainable employment unless they can meet the evolving needs of the employer.
Is this scenario a horror movie for the future? It already occurred in the great recession of 2008. Businesses went under or moved offshore for better technology and cheaper labor. While in America, many companies closed, and the middle-class technology-driven employees let go. When the dust cleared, many job seekers found they were unable to find sustainable employment.
The business could not have hired the people from the above scenario. They no longer had similar positions to hire. Times and technologies had changed, and they only had jobs for employees that had specific skill sets. Nothing Personal; it’s just business.
Today, many employers that are still here are barely surviving. They cannot pay the salaries workers from last year earned. And they cannot hire as many. So if a candidate looks to be high cost, not keeping up with new technologies or probable health risks, they seem to get passed over.
That is where I can help. I am a career coach. I have faced this and survived. I can show you the ways to both survive and thrive. Contact me, and we can discuss your concerns.