Nowadays it is very rare to meet somebody big like you, Mr. Koichi.
Owing to recent trends, Koichi decided to have a Shiba-inu and a Jindo in our office.
They say it's been a hard time for job seekers these days, but I'm sure you should be able to find a job if you're not picky about the company you work for.
Previous from now are the times around now. They're these days, nowadays, or recently.
This is a jukugo word, which usually means on'yomi readings from the kanji. If you know the readings of your kanji you'll know how to read this as well. Just note that さく changes to さっ as many K-column sounds do in situations like this.