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Profiling the Employee Of the Future

MANY EMPLOYERS ARE STILL USING employee profiles they developed five, ten, or fifteen years ago—sometimes even longer. While most of these profiles are based on valid research into personality traits, most are also based on an obsolete assumption: that longterm employment is one of the goals of hiring.

Often less formal profiles are used as well. These reside in the minds of business leaders and managers, and may best be described as employer selfprofiles. In essence, leaders and managers tend to look for employees who think and behave as they once did (or as they recall they once did). Thus many employers, whether consciously or not, look for employees who are willing to “pay their dues and climb the ...

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