3 Things Millennials Do BETTER Than Their Parents

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If you are somewhere between twenty and thirty, you will face some serious challenges in the job market. Employers are not sure what to do with young, aspiring graduates and generally prefer someone older with more experience under their belt.

This trend also reflects in a recent study at Georgetown University Center of Education and the Workforce which found that 40% of job seekers in the country are millennials (people born between 1981 and 2000). Overall, millennials struggle more than their parents’ generation to secure a job.

With less experience and smaller professional networks compared to older interview candidates, unemployment can really get the best of you. But don’t fret as “80% of life’s most significant events take place by age 35, making the 20s a ‘developmental sweet spot’” Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist specializing in adult development and the author of The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–and How to Make the Most of Them Now explains.

Millennials have plenty in store to succeed in the job market and make the best of their early career years. Here are three things that millennials do BETTER than their parents:

  1. Millenials are digital natives

Back in the days when the Internet was still in its infancy and myspace was cool, millennials were there! They grew up with anything that can be shared, followed and liked online. Millennials have learned to digest a huge amount of information in a short period of time. This means millenials are the most tech-savvy generation: employers need people like them to stay at the pulse of time! Show them that programing, twittering, and digital problem fixing is something you do in your sleep. Your potential employer will love to hear that they won’t need to strain their nerves in the call center line next time there is a tech glitch.

  1. Millennials have personality

Think that trip to Europe last summer, your fashion blog or your love for Chinese cinema have nothing to do with your job hunt? Think twice because the days of the super-sleek A+ graduate are over. Instead, companies are looking for co-workers with personality and passion, career expert and book author Paul Alofs  makes clear. Show them that you are more than just a desk monkey by explaining how your extra-curricular activities have made you a, frankly, pretty cool and interesting person to work with.

  1. Millennials are cheaper but grow with the company

Millennials generally demand lower salaries, making them much cheaper than older job candidates, Dan Schawbel, author of “Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success” and founder of Millennial Branding, a management and consulting firm, explains. “Great, now they only want me because I am cheaper; how can this be an advantage?” Think long-term: you might start off at a lower salary but will soon have enough experience to ask for a raise or get a promotion. Start-ups might not be able to pay their workers a lot but as the company grows, so will your salary! You might need to postpone that trip to Paris in your first year of employment, but hang in there, patience pays off.

Managers love to see their employers grow: show them that you have what it takes to quickly develop your skills within the company. Your passion, energy and persistence will soon convince your interviewers that you are just what they were looking for (and more…). So the next time you are up against an older candidate in a job interview, keep in mind the three things that give you an edge over your parents’ generation and make millennials a generation worth hiring.





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