Employers hiring fewer full-time workers, more contractors – trend began in higher ed quite a while ago

Say goodbye to full-time jobs with benefits

goodbye_jobs.gi.top.jpgMany people looking for work are having trouble finding the traditional full-time job with benefits.

By Chris Isidore, senior writer

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Jobs may be coming back, but they aren’t the same ones workers were used to.

Many of the jobs employers are adding are temporary or contract positions, rather than traditional full-time jobs with benefits. With unemployment remaining near 10%, employers have their pick of workers willing to accept less secure positions.

In 2005, the government estimated that 31% of U.S. workers were already so-called contingent workers. Experts say that number could increase to 40% or more in the next 10 years.

This started long ago in higher education. Lots of contract workers (given nicer monikers, like adjunct professor, or simply graduate students). The reality is, if you don’t distinguish yourself, you’re going to have to schlep to half jobs. You’re more likely to get ahead if you do something you’re passionate about.

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