Millennials Need Not Apply: Why Recruiters Aren't Looking at Gen Y

Millennials Need Not Apply: Why Recruiters Aren't Looking at Gen Y

Sara rolls into the office at 10:30 a.m., an hour after everyone else has arrived.

This job is her fourth in the last four years, and she left her previous gigs because of the dearth of happy hours and a disdain for making copies.

Tomorrow, she’s planning on petitioning for a promotion because she’s smart and talented and she deserves it!

Sara is, of course, the stereotypical Millennial employee that managers across the country have come to fear. In fact, this nightmarish image of the spoiled, young co-worker is so firmly ingrained in the collective HR conscience that many hiring managers are hesitant to tell Millennials, "You're hired!"


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At least, that’s the takeaway of a new survey conducted by Duke University and CFO Magazine, which found that nearly 60% of U.S. chief financial officers say their firms are not attempting to appeal to workers under age 35.

The biggest issue may be the belief that Millennials are chronic job-hoppers, rarely content to stay in a single position for longer than a year.

More than half of CFOs surveyed say Millennials are less loyal to their companies than other employees, while about a quarter say young workers are more interested in their personal development than they are in the company. (Although, to be fair, some research suggests Millennials are no likelier to quit their jobs than young workers of years past.)

The survey also suggests that Millennials may need more hand-holding than other workers: about a third of respondents said Millennials require more intense management. And who's got time to baby a workplace diva?

On the other hand, companies admit that Millennials do bring certain skills to the table that other workers may lack—namely, tech savvy and creativity. They’re also typically less expensive to employ, since they hold positions that are lower on the totem pole.

The irony, however, is that many Millennials seem blissfully ignorant of companies’ hesitancies about hiring them: Nearly two-thirds of workers in this age group are confident in their ability to find a job, compared to 47% of the general population.


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