In our previous blog post we discussed the rise of the Millennial Nomad – a term used to describe those aged 18-34 who are taking the concept of flexible working to the next level thanks to mobile devices and Wi-Fi availability. We talked about how this new breed of worker is shaping the future of the workplace, whether that’s shunning traditional 9-to-5 hours or travelling the world while staying connected to the office.
Millennials, the general term for those born roughly between 1980 and 2000, are predicted to make up 46% of the workforce by 2020 and employers are increasingly looking at ways to attract the very best Millennial talent for their business.
There’s been a lot of talk in the media with tips and tricks offered to employers about what they need to do to hire Millennials and the tools they must be provided with in order for them to flourish. However, in reality, Millennials are not the mythical, unpredictable creatures we are led to believe. Here, we share our experience of working with some of the country’s brightest Millennials and share what they are looking for from prospective employers.
One of the most noted qualities of a Millennial is their ambitious nature. They tend to have very high expectations of themselves and the confidence to pursue their goals. This means they actively seek roles where a clearly defined career development plan is in place as well as the opportunity to develop new skills. You may even find that a Millennial will ask you about progression at the interview stage, so it’s a good idea to have an idea of how the role they are applying for could be shaped for future growth.
Look Beyond a Degree
One of the amazing things about the internet age is the ability to learn almost any skill through online tutorials. Understandably, it’s Millennials who have truly embraced the opportunities the internet can offer. This means that Millennial candidates can possess a number of skills through self-learning and, while possibly not holding an official qualification, could bring additional benefits to your business.
It’s important to take these self-taught skills into account and make the effort to incorporate anything relevant into the role they are applying for. Clients who have been especially successful in recruiting bright Millennials have said that offering support for future self-learning via time allowed out of the office or by covering the cost of a course has worked particularly well.
Busy, Busy, Busy
What is often wrongly attributed to impatience, Millennials have grown up in a digital age and have therefore grown accustomed to a constant and immediate stream of information and media. It’s for this reason that demanding roles can be the perfect match as they will be more engaged in such a busy environment. Don’t be afraid to tell candidates how busy or demanding a role will be as it’s unlikely you’ll scare them away.
The Best Tech
It goes without saying that Millennials are up to speed with the latest technologies. The rise of tech companies provide an excellent fit, but all employers should consider the opportunities that hiring a Millennial can bring. Perhaps they have coding ability, which will benefit the company website, or maybe they have experience with video that could add an additional way to communicate with customers. Look at ways their skills can be utilised, but also make sure they are going to step into a working environment that offers suitable technology for their needs. Archaic IT systems will be of little use to a Millennial who requires up-to-date technology to be able to carry out their job properly.
That’s some of our thoughts, but what’s your experience when it comes to hiring and working with Millennials? We’d like to hear from you about the new generation taking over the workforce. Tweet us @epprofessional, join our LinkedIn network or head on over to our Facebook page.