During the first twenty-one years of the Twenty-First Century, change has been accelerating faster than ever. Then along came a global pandemic. We no longer live and work the same way we once did. Jobs are changing and the way we communicate is changing. Even the way we shop and entertain ourselves is radically different from what it used to be.
When a culture is in the midst of sweeping change, trends ebb and flow so rapidly that no one can fully predict the outcome. Despite the chaotic flux of competing trends, one truth remains: Continue to work hard and you will reap reward. In this issue of the Connector, we examine jobs, HR and the new world of work.
Barbara Lloyd McMichael’s monthly column Building Back Better focuses on the U.S. Department of Labor and President Biden’s four national initiatives for the American work force. Author Nick J. Licata’s article probes whether President Biden’s Infrastructure Plan can win back blue-collar workers from the Republicans.
We also look at public libraries as a valuable resource for job seekers. For people who are seeking jobs, public libraries offer much more than computer use and access to the internet. Job searchers are also able to gain access to databases, job banks and information about potential employers. Many libraries offer assistance with building a resume, completing job applications and conducting effective job searches. Check out your local library to see what it has to offer! –Patricia Vaccarino