The Globalized Job Search

Globalization is omnipresent in this ever-advancing world.  However, globalization can be both a blessing and a curse.  For the refuge seeking resettlement, the journey is twofold: he may be relieved to escape a corrupt government and poverty, but the culture shock of a new society may also overwhelm him.  Social networking is also a form of globalization because it connects friends (and even strangers) across the globe.  However, internet identities can also bring about negative consequences.  A person’s online profile constitutes what virtual baggage he will carry to potential employers, significant others, and friends.  Both refugees and people with a virtual reality experience globalization in their job searches, friend searches, and many other aspects of life.

Searching for work in this globalized world can be both easier and more difficult.  While refugees receive assistance in finding a job from a case manager, the “kinds of jobs that they can get depend somewhat on the level of education and training they received prior to arrival in the United States” (Shandy 321).  Many Nuer (a confederation of tribes located in South Sudan and western Ethiopia), for example, “have little formal education” (Shandy 321) so they can only find work that most people consider undesirable.  Even if refugees do have a degree when they arrive in the United States, they are “‘underemployed,’ or work below their level of credentials” (Shandy 321).  Although they escape exploitation, they enter a different difficult situation; inequality in their human interactions is prevalent wherever they are (Spradley and McCurdy 187).

The globalization of job searches can also be challenging for the technologically adept.  The Internet is increasingly becoming “a key component in the hiring process [because] [e]mployers use the Web to promote their companies…to post openings, to screen…job applicants, and to monitor employees” (Mann 191).  This process can be beneficial to some, but detrimental to others.  To be successful in this endeavor, one must “brand” (Mann 191) himself and “manage that brand… in ways that will appeal to potential employers” (Mann 191).  This requires social networkers to limit what they post and to control their privacy settings so their work and personal identities remain separate and balanced.

Globalization does not only affect one’s job search, but rather innumerable aspects of one’s life because globalization is an inextricable part of human culture today.  For example, U.S. policy makers deliberately scatter refugees geographically across the country (Shandy 322) so they can more quickly acquiesce to the culture of their new home.  Virtual networks connect people from across the world in an instant, causing a fuller understanding of the cultures which unite us as a species.  While globalization has both positive and negative effects, its occurrence serves to bring people to a greater understanding of ourselves and others.

This response to the globalization of job searches displays a different perspective on its impact in the United States.  The Internet has not only fostered the spread of ideas across cultural borders, it has also made it more difficult for some to acquire work.  Additionally, the relocation of refugees, particularly to the United States, has cultivated microcultures instead of homogeneity inside our country’s workforce and society in general.  Globalization, thus, has impacted the USA’s culture, workforce, and human geography.

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