Especially for digital natives: it’s a small world, and getting smaller very day.
Millennials are the first generation with full access to the ever-expanding, global business community. Technologies from social media and online networking, to video-teleconferencing and virtual collaboration tools, give young professionals an advantage that previous generations did not so readily enjoy: a job search without geographical limits.
So it’s no wonder digital natives are ready to compete globally. Here are just four reasons why:
1. You Can Find a Job Anywhere
Raised in the full-blossom of the Social Age, Millennials have wholeheartedly accepted technology-based communication. Today, networking is as simple as texting and is as easily done half-way around the world as half a block away.
The result: The modern job search is no longer limited to job boards like Monster and Careerbuilder. Or to local employers and recruiters. A job interview is one click away on Skype or Zoom. Add in the recent acceptance of remote work contributions and the world quickly becomes an open job market.
2. A Consistent Online Presence
Digital networking and self-marketing that may not be within the comfort zone of a workforce veteran seem to come as naturally as breathing to the average Millennial. They seem to understand the importance of a quality LinkedIn profile, an active Twitter presence and building social proof on Facebook and other platforms. To take it a step further, they secure a personal domain name and build a website to create a dynamic online brand. And many have established their own blogs, or guest post on other outlets, to demonstrate subject matter expertise and communication skills.
They know: Today, one of the best ways to find a job is to have the job find you. And to do that, many Millennials maintain a highly visible online presence that attracts employers and recruiters.
3. Adaptable and Ready for What’s Next
Millennials are more likely, it seems, to adapt quickly to new situations and locations than earlier, more provincial, generations. We may tease about the Millennial/GenZ habit of finding the next great thing (social platform, technology etc.), but that has an upside as well — and it comes in the form of adaptability.
Indeed, this “I’m ready for whatever comes next” approach enables them to establish a new life in a new location in less traumatic fashion than past generations. The same technologies that expose all of us to new places, cultures, and traditions allow those willing to relocate to maintain contact with family, friends, and other support structures. Mom and Dad are never further away than the display on their handheld device.
4. Not Tied Down to Anywhere or Anything
Perhaps most importantly, younger Millennials tend to be less economically tied to a geographical region than individuals seeking a second or third career. Age may bring experience, but it also comes with many of the less portable elements of American life like a home mortgage, parental responsibility, and the career of one’s spouse or partner.
In the meantime, older job seekers are often burdened with upside-down mortgages and kids entrenched in local schools or attending public colleges. Their lives and careers, as successful as they may have seemed, are often limited to the region they live in now.
For all of these reasons, Millennials are uniquely suited to take advantage of emerging global markets and growing regional economies.
Make your job search a global one that takes advantage of our shrinking world. Follow your dreams… geographically. Because for the first time in human history an entire generation can honestly say, “The world is my oyster… pass the hot sauce!”
Let’s just hope they don’t start singing that “It’s a Small World” song.
About the Author: Ron Damon is a writer, editor, actor, poet and social media enthusiast. A former teacher of English and theater, Ron now concentrates on writing and editing full time. He is not the least bit embarrassed about being a cliché.