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Should You Hire a Millennial?

Should You Hire a Millennial?

| September 23, 2015

Employers’ ears are burning to hear about the “Millennial” workforce. Should you hire them? Will they be a good addition to your team? Will they be on Facebook during the work day?  The answer to that last question may be yes, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.The term “Millennial” has been unofficially coined to define those born during the 1980's or 1990's, and businesses everywhere have been more open to hiring a younger worker in recent years.The Business and Professional Women’s Foundation predicts that 75% of the global workforce will be made up of Millennials by 2025. However, hiring Millennials could mean giving them their first “serious” job. This can be scary for many employers.

Employers need to associate the term “inexperienced” with “opportunity.”  Hiring individuals with little to no working experience gives employers the opportunity to teach them how to do business the desirable way to conduct business. When qualified people join your workforce, they often bring with them the luggage of preconceived notions and old habits that may be hard to break. Think about your first serious job and where you are now. Are there things you did in the previous position that you would not dream of doing now?  When you switched from that job to a new job, what pieces of luggage did you bring to your new work place?  Were you distracted by personal business that took your focus off client service?There are two key benefits in hiring Millennials: their knowledge of social media and their adaptability.Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter, Instagram, WordPress, Snap Chat, Foursquare, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine…If after reading that you feel exhausted, keep in mind that these are social outlets that Millennials keep up with on a daily basis.Millennials are hardwired to tackle new inventions and ideas and not only embrace them but master them. They are tech savvy, and can give your company better exposure online at the fraction of the cost of hiring someone else to do it for you.Secondly, their ability to adapt can be an attractive lure when hiring on Millennials. When you think about it, they have been bred to adapt since infancy. From changes in technology and fashion to economic shifts and trends, Millennials are not afraid of change. Initially, the time investment in hiring Millennials over seasoned workers will be larger because they need to be taught how to properly do business, but what employers don’t realize is that teaching trying to break poor work habits from seasoned workers might be a larger time investment in the long run.Sabrina Autry Operations Assistant Cite: