Young job seekers are some of the most sought after employees in the modern workplace. Technology has changed so rapidly over the past several years that companies now look to millennials to keep up, because they are considered the age group that is best adapted to the needs of the modern workplace.
Yet millennials are also one of the least employed age groups. Even though they are highly valued from employers, there is often a disconnect between those that companies are looking to hire, and what millennials have that appeals to them.
What You Need to Succeed:
If you’re a young worker that has had trouble finding work, it may be that you’re missing what employers are looking for to get hired and succeed in the career. The following are some very important qualities that millennials need to succeed:
1. Eye on the Pulse
Companies that are specifically looking to hire younger workers are almost always seeking out those that have an understanding of all of the latest in modern technology. In fact, many companies depend on young workers to find them the software, technology, management style, etc. that is recently making the rounds in competing businesses.
2. Professional Social Media Presence
Part of succeeding in your career depends on your ability to impress employers with a high level of professionalism. Where do they look to see if you’re a professional? They look at your social media sites – a surprising number of which are available publicly.
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3. Boldness with Loyalty
Millennials have found that they are far more likely to get the salary they deserve if they leave and continue to apply to other companies. Young workers are frequently focusing on upward mobility with new companies, rather than sticking with their own company. Yet because of this, loyalty is also highly valued. So how do you grow? You have to have boldness.
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4. Excellent Communication
“Great communication skills” is a resume cliché. But young workers that actually have these great communication skills are going to thrive in the workplace, which has become resigned to young workers that are quieter and more “standoffish” than employees of previous generations.
5. Understanding of Leadership
For better or worse, there is often a stubbornness characteristic of the younger generation. Many millennials have been shown to have “too much” confidence in what they know. This comes up frequently with leadership, where young leaders tend to take a “I know what’s best” approach to leadership.
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Millennials are not as different from other generations as the media would like people to believe. But there are differences. For the young worker trying to thrive or the long term in their career, the above skills will give you the best chance for success.