Here are some reasons why I’m thankful this year.
Not all of them are directly related to recruiting. However, I do think what happens in the world (wars, peace, literacy rates, hunger, the environment) affects the economy and ultimately affects the job market. Turn on CNBC any day and you’ll that what often drives our economy involves far-flung events such as a conflict in
Turkey or an Eastern-European country adopting more free-market policies. You’ll find that when countries become more free (often because dictators are overthrown), or when people become more free to make money off of their skills (e.g. China, parts of Eastern Europe), we all benefit.
What all that in mind, here are some reasons I’m thankful:
–The last several years have brought a (still very imperfect but) far better world for hundreds of millions of people who have been freed from dictators and other oppressive regimes. Over time, you’ll these millions of people become bigger players in the world’s workforce. The Taliban have been overthrown in Afghanistan; Saddam Hussein has been overthrown in Iraq and tens of thousands of new businesses are blossoming and creating jobs; Libya says it finally takes the U.S. seriously and is giving up nuclear weapons; North Korea is apparently giving up its nuclear drive; small and large democracy movements have been sparked around the world, from former Soviet states to Egypt and Kuwait elsewhere; more pro-American, pro-capitalism leaders have taken office in Europe, Canada, and Asia, which will raise standards of living and boost job growth.
The world isn’t perfect, but for employees around the world, there has been no better time than the present, and I’m thankful for that.