Hey Millennials! Did you know employers are three times more likely to hire a mature worker than they are to hire you?
That’s right. According to a survey of recruiters, 60 percent of employers would rather hire mature workers, while only 20 percent would choose to hire Millennials. Why?
There are apparently several critical qualities employers said many Millennials lack. Let’s take a look at those, as well as what we Millennials can do to overcome those perceptions:
Mature Workers Associated with Increased Professionalism
Mature workers were considered reliable by 91 percent of employers and professional by 88 percent. For Millennial workers, only five percent of recruiters said they were professional and two percent said reliable.
To change this negative perception, you should deliberately focus on emphasizing your reliability. Talk about specific times in your career when others depended on you and you delivered. Additionally, it’s easy to show you’re professional by dressing the part and following up with the proper etiquette in emails and interviews.
Millennials Lack Basic Writing Skills
Despite being the most educated generation ever, 46% of employers feel Millennials lack basic written communication skills. Yes, Millennials who are lazy writers are making the whole generation look bad.
Take the time to proofread (more than once). You can even ask someone else to read your writing, or read it out loud. Also, remember to be concise in your writing. Say exactly what needs to be said — no more, no less. Write frequently and you will become a stronger writer.
Millennials Lack Long-term Commitment
Nearly half of recruiters believe one of the greatest challenges when hiring Millennials is their long-term commitment to their company. And they may be right, on paper. You’ve likely had multiple internships with different companies; you may still be trying to figure out where you belong in the professional world. And, chances are your resume has a lot of short-term gigs through college.
During the interview process, be sure to explain your reasons for so many jumps. Your answer can be as simple as, “The internship ran through the entire summer and ended when I had to move back to school in the fall.” Back it all up by explaining why you would love to work for their company long-term. Don’t wait to be asked; bring up this issue proactively… and recruiters will have more faith in your level of commitment.
Millennials’ Often Wear Inappropriate Interview Attire
Three out of four employers said Millennial candidates don’t know how to dress for interviews. This is incredible, considering the number of articles on the Internet explain exactly how to dress for an interview!
Always wear business professional attire to job interviews. Even if the company culture suggests otherwise, it is better to dress up. Lead with a professional first impression… relax your wardrobe only after you’ve established a solid professional reputation.
Gen Y Posts Compromising Content on Social Media
Most employers (70 percent) said Millennials often post compromising content on social media including inappropriate photos, personal information, profanity, and even poor writing.
Millennials are always told how important it is to clean up their social media profiles. Now it’s time to actually do the work. Make sure your social media is professional; you never know which potential employers will Google you.
Millennials Show a Lack of Interest
Employers feel that Millennials, compared to more experienced workers, fail to show interest, or passion, in that job at that company.
Obviously, it is essential to show how invested you are in a job during the interview! Ask good questions to show you did your research and really want to learn more about the role. When the interviewer asks if you have any questions, don’t say “no.” In fact, you should have an entire list of questions prepared.
Despite how it might seem, the data from this survey is not all bad for Millennials:
- Employers overwhelmingly agreed Millennial workers are creative (74 percent)
- Employers felt that Millennials are strong networkers (73 percent)
But we can be so much more than that:
- Ask for feedback, often
- Focus on improving where they said you can do better
- Seek to make the Millennial generation known for being reliable, professional, and loyal
Together, we can change these perceptions of the Millennial generation!
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at ComeRecommended!
About the Author: Jule Gamache is a senior at Penn State studying public relations with a minor in Spanish. Before becoming a content creator trainee, Jule was the public relations research assistant at Come Recommended. She has experience in public relations, social media, blogging, research, and marketing from multiple internships and student organizations. Follow Jule on Twitter!