Your inability to land a job might be blamed on the economy, your chosen college major or just the fact that you’re not a code-happy engineer.
For many, it’s less about finding a job and more about finding a good job. Those are the underemployed in the Millennial generation who don’t show up in unemployment reports.
Meanwhile, the older generations have one word for what Millennials are experiencing: Entitlement, or wanting to have things without working to earn them.
However, a Pew Research Study shows Millennials are not entitled; rather, having a high-paying job is low on their list of priorities, underneath both helping others and being a good parent.
What else is working against Millennial job seekers?
A survey of recruiters by Braun Research Inc. for staffing firm Adecco, found that 66% of hiring managers do not believe college graduates are ready for the workforce. Rather than hiring new grads for entry-level positions, recruiters are looking to bring in people with experience. The one piece of advice given is to get your foot in the door by taking a position that may not be ideal, but at a company where there’s potential for growth.
It’s worth mentioning that paid work experience — even if it’s freelance — can make a difference.
Say your resume does get you to the interview stage?
Half of hiring managers say wearing attire ill-suited for an interview was one of the biggest mistakes they saw. Others include lack of eye contact (33%), checking phone or texting (30%), fidgeting (26%) and bad posture (22%). Other interview horror stories? Nearly half of hiring managers (44%) said showing up late or on the wrong date was a mistake they witnessed in job seekers.
Activity on social sites can also work against you — hiring managers might have different opinions about how one should behave online. For example, it’s a bad idea to post about your job interview on social media, unless the position in question involves networking and it makes sense to post “Great to meet with @so-and-so at @companyname” on your professionally appropriate Twitter account.
One online privacy company wants to address the potential negative effects of social profiles. An Abine survey found that while most students updated their resume as part of a job search, less than 30% spent time removing potentially damaging content from social media accounts. Also, 84% have not created a professional website or other positive online content which would improve online search results for their name. If you’re unaware how potential employers will perceive you online, try out Abine’s Hireability Calculator.
If you’re in a position to hire employees, what advice would you give to Millennials on the hunt for a great job? If you’re a job seeker, what has worked for you?
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