There’s a lot of buzz about you on the internet if you’re Millennials. Whether you’re the so-called lazy and entitled or the one of the most educated generation in history, likely remains to be seen. You’re just starting out in your career; perhaps, you’re continuing your education. Don’t listen to the critics. Employers still seem to like your style – regardless of what the unemployment rates suggest. Want to know more about your hidden talents? Read on to learn about the strength of Millennials in the workplace.
1. The Power to Influence the Nine-to-Five
Millennials are entitled, alright – to work when they want, where they want. Increasingly, generation Y-ers are convincing companies to go the way of flex time and flex office; this includes variable hours, as well as telecommuting and non-traditional workspaces.
The New York Times reports, “To compete for the best millennial talent, companies are having to change in fundamental ways. Goldman Sachs, for example, recently announced its intention to improve the work environment of its junior bankers by having them work less. Of course, that flies in the face of Wall Street tradition, in which new recruits often work late into the night and for entire weekends.”
As a Millennial, you have the strength to break the clock, and reset the traditional nine-to-five. However, that doesn’t mean you should test it by showing up to work late.
2. The Muscle to Handle Social Media
If you’re a Millennial, then you’re likely hip to tech. You’re part of the last generation to remember life before and after social media, and your experience navigating it (sometimes embarrassingly) has taught you a thing or two about PR.
Employers believe you can channel that savvy into a positive company voice. According to Business Insider, “Members of Gen Y are believed to be the most tech-savvy (78% of respondents agree) who know how to use social media to leverage opportunities (70% of respondents agree). These younger workers are also regarded as being the most “enthusiastic” (68% of respondents agree) about their jobs.”
What you know about tweeting, liking, and pinning is seen as a practical skill by employers. It’s time to pad the old Facebook profile. Recruiters will land there first if they’re viewing your application for a marketing job.
3. The Command of a Career Chameleon
The trademark Millennial free spirit may have more to do with age then it does the beat of an entire generation’s drum. It’s true, as a member of generation Y, you may switch jobs more often, but it isn’t the bad thing you may think. Flexibility outside of the college degree you received is a necessary ability for this generation.
While some companies believe longevity in a position equals commitment, other employers value diversity. The job you held two years ago may be entirely different from the role you work in now. This kind of variety in occupation shows the right employer that your expertise is endless.
But if you’re still worried that your job hopping isn’t a strength, consider this: your parents did the same thing (despite what they say), and they got away with it.
Overall, you’re still growing. It takes time to build strength, but you’re working on the CrossFit equivalent to an awesome new career, and companies are taking notice. How will you leverage your Millennial skills?