6 Generational Stereotypes to Bust on Your Job Hunt


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    • Boomer

      As a boomer I am so offended at comments like these that make us seem so un-tech savvy. People my age have worked with up and coming technology since we began our careers. In my 20′s I learned to use one of the very first word processors out on the market, then went on to learn Word Star. When Word Perfect came around, you had to know HTML codes to ensure the proper formatting of your documents. I learned to create spreadsheets in DOS and was a first user of Windows. I am more knowledgeable in Office software than most people half my age. In this day and age you cannot function in the work environment without being in touch with the most current technology. With children, you must be tied into social media on several levels to stay current with them. Do you think we only use cell phones to make calls and not to bother updating our Pinterest/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram statuses or text or use GPS to find a location? So these types of comments to Boomers are as insulting as insinuating that we have lived in isolated hovels in the dark ages without any connection to modern conveniences – please understand that we are not as out of touch with state of the art technologies as you would like to imagine.

      • Charlotte L.

        Agreed. But the Boomer stereotype was probably the least offensive. As you’ve pointed out, this Boomer stereotype is hardly rooted in reality at all. Similarly, I’m trying to figure out how exactly it’s such a foregone conclusion that every Milennial is lazy and entitled.

        These stereotypes are pretty extreme and offensive all around the board. Although the article claims to “help” us to “fight” them, I think giving the stereotypes any lip service at all is a step in the wrong direction.

      • Christian

        Agreed. I don’t recognise any of these generational stereotypes from my workplace.

      • Christine

        There are far more stereotypical articles that are flat out inflammatory and viltrolic about Millennials. Writing straw-man insult pieces about Gen-Y as a stereotyped generation appears to be the latest trend all over business blogs and magazines. (No wonder Psychology Today has dubbed Millennials the “Beat Up Generation”) I would say most Millennials pay little mind to the bad press and the majority of comments on all these blogs and news pieces ( I would say 70% – 80%) are from disgruntled older colleagues stating (quite angrily) their very simplistic name-calling about Gen-Y, blunt generalizing assumptions, and very unapologetic developed bias/prejudice.
        For a generation that allegedly cannot handle criticism / negative feedback, Millennials have put up with this all this insulting press or online “flaming” like champs for the most part. I have very, very rarely stumbled across a blog post or article that stereotyped older generations in a potentially negative light. The few times I have stumbled on a post that alluded to possible stereotypes of older generations, commenters of older generations REALLY got their feathers ruffled without missing a beat. They didn’t let anything like that go online without strongly rebuking the slander, acting extraordinarily offended, listing the “qualifications” of their generation to refute the accusation, and complaining about how so extremely patronized they felt. Meanwhile, I would call this stereotyping of older generations a light sugar-coated sprinkled version of negatively and generalizing if that at all in comparison to the ferocious nature of countless, devaluing personal-level dismissal accusations about Millennials circulating all over the world wide web.
        It would be nice if there way to always have negative Gen-X and Boomer stereotypes mentioned in articles about Millennials, no matter how “soft” of a negative stereotype it may be, as I noticed when Gen-X & Boomers stereotypes are eventually referenced * suddenly * generalization stereotypes become completely inappropriate and out of line.
        Apparently “a taste of their medicine” is seriously the only way older generations will empathize and realize how harmful their negative generational branding and stereotyping is.

    • Thomas Wenndt

      The problem, of course, is the whole business of “stereotyping” in the first place. It is an act of intellectual laziness that allows people to skip over having to get to know who people really are. By making generalities, especially of a generation not your own, you can excuse whatever you are trying to do or not do that brings these attitudes about.

    • stp New Mexico

      Understanding generational differences can be helpful but, unfortunately it often ends there. We should instead use generational differences to gain insight then focus on what we have in common. It is amazing. As a boomer, I am often shocked at what my generation thinks of X and Y. Let’s remember who stood up and volunteered for military service after 9/11. I think history will be very kind to generation X and Y, just like the greatest generation. Unfortunately, I won’t be here to see it.

    • Computers have been around for decades. I bought one long ago and taught my millennial age children how to use it so they could grow up with the technology. I got my first cell phone in the early 1990′s, and it was me who introduced the technology to my millennial age children. as or the social media sites you mention I use each but I don’t think I would have to have a facebook account to hold an executive level job at fortune 500 company.