We digest, blog about and focus on our experiences with potential employers until we know exactly what we could have done differently – or, in some cases, what the recruiter could have done differently to improve the candidate experience.
The YouTern team compiled an open letter to employers hiring the best and brightest Millennials… directly from those Gen Y job seekers… to point out just what we think of the current recruitment process.
Here are ten real life examples from Millennials immersed in a sometimes frustrating job search. We hope this feedback will help:
Brittany Richter (@BElizabeth8602): I think that one of the biggest problems that we face is being up against the stereotypes of being a member of Gen Y. Carefully crafting your resume and preparing thoroughly for the interview can help to show that you are a hard worker who is willing to put in the time and effort it takes to succeed. Also showing that some of these “stereotypes,” like being “plugged in” and “connected,” can be used in productive ways to the company’s advantage.
Isa Adney (@IsaAdney): My pet peeve is when jobs do not tell you when the job closes or post the salary. The unknown can be torture when the process is long.
Bryce Christiansen (@BryceChr): I always hate it when job ads don’t list a suggested salary range. When I made my last career move, it was much easier knowing ahead of time what the salary would be. It’s a lot of work to make a good first impression, only to find out that the compensation level isn’t what you expected.
Kyle Henderick (@KHenderick): My biggest frustration with recruiters is when they don’t do their homework on recruits. It starts with a non-personalized message and ends up in either the job being a bad fit or the recruit not being qualified for the position. Either way, it leads to false hope and wasted time for both parties simply because the recruiter was too lazy to spend a little more time on initial research.
Huong Vo (@Huongie113): I hate it when I don’t receive some kind of confirmation that the recruiter received my application. There’s a difference in the computer receiving my application and a real live person receiving it. A phone call or an email would be nice – especially if I’ve applied to over 50 positions. A phone call or email saying I did NOT get the job would be nice too. I don’t like having hope in something when it’s not there. Just tell me so I can move on and keep applying to other positions. Don’t hold back!
Scott Keenan (@ScottKeenan27): Inefficient recruitment systems I am REQUIRED to fill out to apply. If I have to fill them out, you have to keep them up to date.
Chanelle Schneider (@WriterChanelle): My pet peeve, and, I think, even recruiters would agree, is that the length of the recruitment process can be taxing. Sometimes great candidates are lost to other employers as a result of this process.
Abby Goetsch (@AbbyGoetsch): Recently, I received an email from one of my top internship company prospects asking if I was available for an interview next week. Since it was out of town, I sent an email back asking what kind of interview it would be (in person, Skype, phone) and the email I received didn’t answer my question. I want to make sure a future employer takes the time to answer all of my questions, and most importantly, gives me the feeling that I am a strong asset to the company and my work is going to be appreciated!
Nailah Ali (@Nailah_Ali): The biggest issue I’m dealing with is attempting to find a PAID internship. I know it’s normally not appropriate to bring up the question of wages during an interview, but as a senior preparing to graduate in a month, I’m broke. I’m broke and in seeking summer employment, I want to focus most of my energy into that internship and building my personal brand and professional network. It’s difficult to do that when you’re working at an internship that’s unpaid, and are forced to work a job to keep the bills paid.
Julie Feinerman (@JFeinerman): My biggest pet peeve throughout the employment process so far is not hearing back from an employer after an interview. There were times where I’ve waited 2 weeks to hear from an employer after thinking I had a great interview and they never got back to me. At that point, I would have gladly welcomed one of those impersonal automated emails just for the sake of knowing and being able to put it behind me.
Gen Y – let’s hear from you! What would you add to this list? Let us know your experiences in the job hunt!
About the Author: Erica Roberts graduated from Oregon State University in 2011 with a B.S. in Marketing. She is an avid reader and writer, and is extremely passionate about social media. Erica currently holds several part time marketing positions, including a social media internship with YouTern, and is searching for a full time career. Connect with Erica on LinkedIn and Twitter.