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The Proactive Passive Candidate
(August 20, 2002) - From a distance, technical evolution looks like an incremental process. Sometimes, it resembles nothing more than a sleeper trying to awaken from a very deep sleep. The early moments of consciousness flicker and fade; the body moves; there are grunts and then, sleep kicks back in.

So it is with our definitions of candidates. In the current lingo, there are two types: active (currently looking) and passive (currently not looking). The fact that an entire industry devoted to people is able to categorize 130 Million workers into two categories that aren't male and female is a tribute to either our ingenuity or our sloth. The realities of the situation are significantly more subtle and do not necessarily revolve around professional categorization.

Perhaps it will always be the case that employees are required to lead the charge towards more appropriate arrangements with employers. Certainly, the history of organized labor suggests that changes in the workplace involve brutal change and extreme conduct on both sides of the equation.

HR will be changed, once again, by a bestseller. Work 2.0, by Bill Jensen, is required reading for HR managers.

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