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AI-Related Jobs Posts Balloon… Dating Apps as a Job Search Tool… Gen Z: Hirers Aren’t Feeling the Love

AI-Related Job Posts Balloon

In just one year, the number of job postings related to generative AI has increased 450 percent as did the types of job skills associated with GenAI, according to a recent report from the freelancing platform Upwork.

Roles for prompt engineers, AI chatbot developers, and AI content creators are among job postings related to GenAI. In the same vein, businesses are looking for professionals with experience in AI tools such as ChatGPT, DALL-E, and others. The need for such workers has increased so much that Upwork had to create its own AI-post generator and a new chatbot to help businesses with their talent searches.

One of the most important jobs to emerge is prompt engineering, which fine-tunes text-to-text and text-to-image models that can be understood by AI. It is considered a critical skill for the future workplace.

Mearian, L. (2023, July 19.) AI skills job postings jump 450%; here’s what companies want. Computerworld. https://www.computerworld.com

Dating Apps as a Job Search Tool

Swiping right is taking on a whole new meaning. Some people are using dating apps as ways to network.

While professionals agree that designated job sites such as LinkedIn should never be used as dating apps, not all agree that the opposite is true. It makes sense, actually. When creating a dating profile, people list their qualities and preferences, so it follows that at least some of those characteristics could be beneficial in the workplace. One woman who listed curiosity, open-mindedness, and a love of learning on a dating app also wrote that although she’d like to meet people and make friends, she is also networking for job connections.

All dating sites are not of one mind on the topic. While Grindr actually brands itself as a platform to meet “like-minded people,” Tinder has specifically advised users to make only personal connections on its app. Nevertheless, industrious job searchers can learn useful information when scoping out dating apps. One user of the app Hinge learned from another user that Meta had an un-advertised hiring freeze in place, helpful information that steered the individual away from the organization.

A career coach who works with young professionals urges them to network wherever they can.

Steinberg, E. (2023, August 18.) Forget job-hunting sites. Networkers turn to dating apps. The Wall Street Journal. https://www.wsj.com

Gen Z: Hirers Aren’t Feeling the Love

Calling them the “most challenging generation,” some employers are hesitant to hire members of Gen Z. Nearly 75 percent of managers polled by ResumeBuilder complained that the newest set of workers need hand-holding at every turn, have a poor work ethic, and feel overly entitled.

But perhaps the biggest complaint is the demographic’s poor communication skills, largely a result of spending too much time alone due to the pandemic. To help these new workers get up to par, employers are having to provide extra training to help their new-hires learn how to introduce themselves, work in teams, and give presentations.

Still, one positive within the generation is its ability leverage technology.

 

Tenore, H. (2023, August 7.) 40% of business leaders think recent Gen Z graduates aren’t prepared for the workplace, new survey says—and some said they won’t even hire them. Insider. https://www.businessinsider.com

 

Generative AI Will Transform Jobs of Knowledge Workers

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you are acutely aware of generative AI. Certainly students are. Article after article contains accounts of how students are rightfully worried about how this disrupter technology will affect the types of jobs they will be prepared for.

And while no one can predict the future, the research seems clear: GenAI will profoundly affect knowledge workers, particularly those with higher levels of education. An in-depth report by the McKinsey Global Institute found it’s likely that any position involving decision making and collaboration will see significant impact, areas that had previously been untouched by automation.

Until now, technological advances focused on reducing the time to complete physical tasks. But because generative AI is language-based, it is designed to automate collecting and processing data. Its ability to understand and use common language will therefore affect work activities that involve communication, supervision, and documentation.

Among the professionals expected to be affected by generative AI are accountants, mathematicians, interpreters, and writers. The McKinsey researchers also project that 80 percent of jobs in which at least one task can be performed faster than tasks completed by a human will also take a hit. Therefore, positions requiring information processing—including jobs as diverse as PR specialists to court reporters to blockchain engineers—will also experience changes. The report predicts that even educators and creatives will face vast upheavals as a result of the technology.

This marks a major change. Before, new automation technology displaced workers with the lowest level of skills. Now, it’s coming for the rest of us.

The report conjectures that future jobs will be more skill-based rather than degree-based. Economists say this could be good news. Productivity has flattened over the years, and the population is growing older. The new technology can help mitigate those factors if workers learn new skills or upgrade old ones. Still, even now there are not enough workers with the skills to fill current job openings. Only if companies (and schools) can retool and retrain—no easy task considering the speed with which AI is moving—will society adapt, the researchers warn.

Another side to this fast-moving phenomenon is the still-to-be-defined risks that could influence AI’s growth and its impact on the workplace. Perhaps the most dangerous of these potentialities is the fact that generative AI could be used to create malicious content, cyberattacks, and disinformation. In addition, legal battles will inevitably erupt over intellectual property infringement and data protection. The authors of the report also say the technology might unintentionally disadvantage specific demographics, especially those who have typically relied on low- and middle-wage jobs, the number of which will probably decline. If all that is not enough, experts note that the technology itself is not always reliable.

No one’s crystal ball can accurately predict what will happen in the future. But one thing seems certain. Generative AI is going to be taking center stage for decades to come. We are all going to have to learn to get along.

Using the Apostrophe Correctly

Punctuation for possessive nouns can be baffling. The following five steps can help you better understand apostrophe placement.

 

  1. Look for two nouns together. If the first noun shows ownership of, or a special relationship to, the second noun, the first noun requires an apostrophe.

the girl[‘s] car

one month[‘s] time

the employees[‘] duties

  1. Reverse the nouns using a prepositional phrase. Examine the ownership noun. Does it end in an “s” sound?

car of the girl (ownership noun, girl, does not end in an “s” sound)

time of one month = (ownership noun, month, does not end in an “s” sound)

duties of employees (ownership word, employees, does end in an “s” sound)

  1. If an ownership noun does NOT end in an “s” sound, add an apostrophe and “s.”

car of the girl (ownership word does not end in an “s”) = girl’s car

time of one month (ownership word does not end in an “s”) = one month’s time

  1. If an ownership noun DOES end in an “s” sound, add only an apostrophe.

duties of employees (ownership noun ends in an “s”) = employees’ duties

rent of six months (ownership noun ends in an “s”) = six months’ rent

  1. If an extra syllable can be easily pronounced in the possessive form, add an apostrophe and “s” to singular nouns. Relatively few words fall in this category.

station of the waitress = waitress’s station (extra syllable can be pronounced)

desk of the boss = boss’s desk (extra syllable can be pronounced)


Try your skill in making words possessive in the below sentences. Mark the sentence with a C if it is correct.

  1. We must answer this customers text immediately.
  2. Is Marlons report ready to be submitted?
  3. In six months time you will have forgotten about this event.
  4. Some customers felt they didn’t get their moneys worth.
  5. All applicants must pay two months rent in advance.
  6. Our companys policy is to issue credit, not cash, refunds.
  7. All new depositors qualify for free checking accounts.
  8. The goal of the IRS is to simplify all taxpayers returns.
  9. Passengers concerns about extra fees on plane trips are valid.
  10. Every passengers luggage must be X-rayed, and some bags will be opened.
  11. The profits of all companies are being affected by developing technologies and worldwide competition.
  12. Five dollars worth of gas will not take you very far these days.
  13. Nearly all management firms tailor their services and charges to customers needs.
  14. Police officers checked all drivers licenses at two checkpoints.
  15. A company website usually has a tab containing news releases about its activities.

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