An interesting day today ...
Today I joined a workshop about assessment centers (AC)(https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/assessment-centers.htm) at my outplacement company. AC could be a wide range, from a simple psychological online-test to an e.g. two day meeting with 8 - 12 competitors, doing interviews, role plays, presentations and so on. Don't get nervous about it, if you are well prepared, as this is really a great opportunity for you to practice, compete and learn a lot about yourself. You should appreciate companies doing this, to find better candidates for their positions, as they are really spending a lot of additional effort in time and money for you.
Besides the pure content of the three hour workshop, I am now meeting more and more colleagues from my company (I was not the only one impacted by the restructuring) and what was even more surprising, I met the brother of an old school and university friend of mine in the workshop today. As I don't believe in coincidences, what could this mean?
Everybody can be impacted. By a company changing the strategy or going through a reorganization. It is not just you alone, it is a combination of different factors that leads to a situation, where you have to look for a new opportunity. And it is not related to our age either!! Looking into the room of the workshop today, I have seen different generations of the workforce.
Different generations, what is this guy talking about? 😙 I do not know, if the words baby boomer, generation X, Y and Z ring a bell with you, but it is better to know your competitors in the race for a new job (http://www.careerfaqs.com.au/news/news-and-views/workplace-warfare-baby-boomers-gen-x-and-gen-y/). Know your strength and weakness and the one of other generations as well. This will be very helpful in your application process and also in the new company, depending on their distribution of generations in the workforce.
Coming back to the AC topic. As already mentioned earlier, companies spend additional effort in time and money to find the best possible candidates for their open position. Because the "War for talent" is still on in 2016 (http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgebradt/2015/01/07/how-to-win-the-war-for-talent-in-2015/#4251ef4819da) and the pressure is not only on us as job seekers.
The companies have to make themselves attractive for the employees they already have and want to keep, but also for the new ones who are currently available in the market place or are looking for new opportunities.
"What we need to do is learn to work in the system, by which I mean that everybody, every team, every platform, every division, every component is there not for competitive profit or recognition, but for contribution to the system as a whole on a win-win basis."
W. Edwards Deming (1900 - 1993)