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Winter 2007-08 Vol. 51, Number 4

Employment matchmakers: Pairing people and work

Workers want jobs, and employers need workers. Employment matchmakers help bring the two groups together.

Welcome to the 21st-century workforce: Itís dynamic and productiveóand constantly in flux.

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) illustrate the employment mobility of our society. In January 2006, for example, workers reported having been with their current employer for a median of only 4 years. And about 10 million workers changed occupations between January 2005 and 2006. 

But change isnít always easy. So, when switching jobs or finding new workers, many jobseekers and employers turn to professionals for help. And that creates opportunities for employment matchmakers. 

This article focuses primarily on employment matchmakers who interact directly with jobseekers, hiring managers, or both. It describes the occupations on both sides of an employment match, explains where employment matchmakers work, and reveals what skills are needed to succeed in these careers. 

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Last Updated: May 1, 2008