What exactly is going on in the U.S. job market? The AP recently ran an interesting story on the trials and tribulations of those looking for work in the current economic environment:
"They're [job seekers] running into a trend that took root during the recession. Companies became more productive by doing more with fewer workers."
"Some asked staffers to take on a broader array of duties — duties that used to be spread among multiple jobs."
"Now, someone who hopes to get those jobs must meet the new requirements. As a result, some database administrators now have to manage network security."
So the constant pressure on managers to "do more with less" seems to be translating into actual shifts in hiring policies and practices. And that not only has a negative effect on those seeking jobs, but also on companies that are finding it more difficult to fill the open jobs they already have. The article continues: