Millennials are a hot, hot topic. If we could, we would spend all day reblogging and linking all the articles we read weekly on Millennials, but that’s a bit of an information overload. Instead, here’s a list of the most interesting articles/blogs on Millennials we’ve stumbled upon this week:
- Listen up, Corporate America! Interested in finding new ways to retain Millennials? Millennials aren’t as into financial rewards as you would think. There’s cheaper and more creative ways, other than shelling out more money, to make your Millennial employees love you!
- Millennials are not post racial. The ARC’s recent study reveals that Millennials believe race still mays a significant part within our criminal justice, education, employment, and immigration systems today.
- Forbes’ 5 Stages of Job Hunting Grief for Millennials was too real.
Millennial Branding's super informative infographic on the Student Employment gap.
Millennial Wednesday: LinkedIn
One of the most repeated findings from the Millennial generation is their attraction to social responsibility. Studies are finding that Millennials want to work for a company that is socially responsible. In fact, 78% of Millennials believe companies possess a social responsibility for making a difference in the world; 79% want to work for a company that is helping to make a positive impact on society; and 64% say that a company’s social and environmental activities make them feel loyal to the company.
With stats like these, this week’s Millennial Wednesday recognizes LinkedIn for their most recent first For Good Pro Bono InDay around the world! LinkedIn’s May “InDay” encouraged LinkedIn employees to use their professional skills and talents to give back to the community.
My friend, Jessica Lau, and her colleague at LinkedIn, Ariana Younai, launched the company’s May InDay with a specific focus on non-profit organizations. They hosted a series of training sessions, “Connect You: LinkedIn For Good Foundation Workshop,” in their offices around the globe that connected the LinkedIn staff with non-profit organizations and their clients. These workshops trained attendees on how to “leverage LinkedIn to find job opportunities, manage their careers, search for those who are hiring, and position themselves as best they can for today’s job market." It was successfully held in their Dublin, New York, London and Mountain View offices and they’re eagerly looking forward to their upcoming workshops in their Toronto, Chicago, Omaha, Australia, and Japan offices!
We at Millennial Matchmaking laud LinkedIn for using their product to give back to the community. Social media/networking is hitting the world by storm and providing workshops like these to train organizations to leverage a powerful tool like LinkedIn is extremely beneficial. Good on ya, LinkedIn!
7th time’s the charm!
Earlier this week, Joan passed along this 2010 Fox Business article interviewing Jeffrey Arnett of Clark University. One of Arnett’s most fascinating quotes is his claim that 20-somes, on average, will switch jobs 7 times before settling.
This quote may seem unsettling for the Gen Xers who are in charge of hiring and managing this new generation of employees. Contrary to the generation before them, Millennials don’t view a job as merely a way to make a living, Millennials want to enjoy their job and therefore prioritize finding one that’s the perfect fit for them.
While current management may find such a trait wishy-washy and noncommittal of Millennials, I beg to differ. In fact, were I a manager, I would want my employees to want to be at work. I want their passion to shine through in their work and it simply isn’t possible if they don’t like their job. If that were the case, I would much rather have a quick turnover rate within the Millennial employee pool if it means bringing me one step closer to an employee who truly wants to work for my company.
Hence, word of advice to companies looking to hip-ify their companies and attract Millennials? Millennials are not lazy, uncooperative youngins who don’t understand the concept of loyalty and commitment. Rather, they’re setting higher standards for themselves and their choice of work and are unapologetically expecting companies to meet their standards.
If Millennials are to make up 75% of the workforce by 2025, it would probably be unwise for companies to stay stagnant and ignore the demands of the Millennial workforce. Like it or not, companies will be hiring Millennials so they had better know how to attract them or risk seeing their company become outdated.
Millennial Roundup for the Week!
This week, we learned that it’s apparently the splurging Millennials who spend their 45,000$ yearly income on SUVs and Macbooks that are keeping our economy afloat— what? We nodded our heads in agreement as we read about Gen X managers suffering from the Millennial Management Challenge. 14 year-old author, educator and speaker (Yes, you read that correctly), Adora Svitak, had our utmost attention as she spoke about the role of social media in the social empowerment of young people. The Washington Post also warned everyone, specifically the GOP party, that their socially conservative values just aren’t going to cut it much longer. Turns out, 20 something Millennials are increasingly becoming more socially liberal and the GOP party had better get with it. And finally, it has been determined that Millennials love to eat In-N-Out and Chipotle… so take them there.
Millennial Wednesday: Venture For America
For this week’s Millennial Wednesday, we are recognizing Venture For America for their commitment to cultivating Millennial talent in the booming age of start-ups and technology. VFA offers a 2 year program for smart, driven, fresh grads, placing them in emerging start-ups and early stage companies in lower cost cities to harvest their entrepreneurial skills and business mindset.
What’s admirable about VFA is it’s ambitious attempt to sculpt new graduates into the future generation of entrepreneurs. VFA’s program places Millennials in a work environment surrounded by brave, creative big thinkers. The hope, then, is to foster an environment that encourages young Millennials to dream bigger while empowering them to implement their own huge idea.
VFA’s second big goal is to generate 100,000 new jobs by 2025. Founder Andrew Yang states in a New York Times article, “We think job creation is pretty straightforward: you supply early-stage growth companies in lower-cost cities with talent so they can grow and hire more people, and then you train your best and brightest to become innovators.” Putting it another way, Mr. Yang said, “If you send a Brown University graduate to Goldman Sachs, is that person going to create jobs?”
Well said, Venture for America! We look forward to seeing the awesome things this organization is setting out to accomplish.
Millennial Wednesday is a post made every Wednesday dedicated to companies and/or organizations that are recognizing Millennials for their all around awesomeness and contributions.
This article was released on the New York Times yesterday. This is the reality of the current economy and the struggles that our youth are going through right now. There isn’t a doubt that these Millennial graduates are trying, especially seeing that they’re willing to work without pay, but it’s to no avail. There’s a huge problem at hand if today’s young people are not able to see the fruit of their labor and land a paying job after 4 years of college education. It’s a problematic imbalance and something has to be done.
How To Work for the Guinness World Records
This week Brazen Life published an article by Mike Janela who talks about his experiences as the Head of U.S. Records Management Team at the Guinness World Records. Janela, who graduated from Syracuse in 2007 with a Broadcast Journalism degree, started his career as a college sports broadcasting journalist. Unexpectedly, it was his experience of calling play-by-plays and interviewing athletes that eventually led him to his current position overseeing the U.S. team of record verifiers.
As an Ethnic Studies graduate, I had spent the greater half of my undergraduate career really exploring the many industries I could enter with my degree. This has included internships in law, politics, museum work, non-profit work, journalism, and now, sales and advertising. There are times when I doubt my degree and wonder if I should have majored in a more conventional degree to ensure a more traditional route (i.e. Engineering or Molecular Cell Biology), but then I hear stories from people like Mike Janela. It’s a reminder that there’s so many industries and companies out there and you really never know how your experiences will lead you to the next big opportunity. Besides, what a strange world we’d live in if it was only made up of doctors and engineers and NO Guinness World Record verifiers!
So, for all you liberal arts majors out there, and perhaps even those who majored in the sciences but realized it’s not for you, be patient and keep searching. The right opportunity will come at the right time. The only thing you can do in the meantime is continuing to walk down that path you thinkis right and soon enough (as cliche as this may sound), that light at the end of the tunnel will shine through.
P.S. Yes, that is a photo of the man currently holding the Guinness World Record for Biggest Mohawk.
To Infinity & Beyond!
Last night, I attended a dedication ceremony a West Point honoring Buzz Aldrin for his incredible accomplishments as an American hero. As I watched Buzz being presented with the Challenge Coin, I stopped to imagine just how amazing it must have been to walk on the moon; I was in the presence of a true pioneer! Here before me was a man that had spent his entire life in leadership, beginning with him graduating 3rd in his class at West Point to being one of the first people to set foot on the moon.
As he began his acceptance speech, he started with “To infinity and beyond, I am the real Buzz!” The crowd chuckled and I realized that he truly was his generation’s real-life Buzz Lightyear. Buzz’s accomplishments as an American hero are endless and his contributions at the forefront of science and technology have really asserted him as America’s very own space ranger.
With the insane ways technology and science is growing today, I can only imagine what the Buzz Lightyear of this upcoming Millennial generation will accomplish!
Up, up & away,
ATS Software: Stealthy Tips for Success
We’ve heard the age old advice telling us to always tailor your resume and cover letter to the specific company and job position you’re applying to. But of course, if you’re a frantic job seeking graduate like me aiming to meet a personal quota of 5-6 job applications a day, sometimes that advice just isn’t that efficient. I’m personally guilty of sending more than one of the same cover letter to multiple companies because really now, who writes 5-6 entirely new cover letters each day?!
Well, hard working Applicants, I have some new news for you on working the system! Mashable just recently posted an article revealing some interesting new information Applicant Tracking System used by most employers to filter through their hundreds of applicants. In addition to the typical advice like adding specific keywords into your application that are on the job posting and really emphasizing skills that are related to the position you’re applying for, my favorite tip was this:
“Add additional instances of keywords from the job posting to your resume in white font. The additional instances of the keywords won’t be visible when recruiters read the resume, but they increase the likelihood that the resume will be tagged as a good fit by search tools.”
Sneaky, aren’t they? I don’t know about you but I’m ready to give this tip a shot and type up white fonted key words all over the margins of my resume!
Happy job hunting,
Joan & Denise
A Corporate Executive & a Millennialteaming up to create the ultimate match.
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