According to a new survey published by Beyond.com, The Career Network, there’s a significant disconnect between Millennial job seekers and how veteran human resources professionals view them.
The good news? Over 84 percent of job seekers in this generation (ages 19 to 26) are optimistic about landing employment. The not-so-good news? There are significant discrepancies in points of view with loyalty, leadership, tech-savviness and more.
In particular, when it comes to loyalty, 82 percent of Millennials identified themselves as loyal. Guess what percentage reflected how HR felt about this generation’s loyalty? Give up? One percent felt Millennials would become faithful to their employer on a long-term basis.
This wasn’t the only category with a disconnect. It skews the other way as well: Only 35 percent of Millennials felt they were tech-savvy but 86 percent of HR professionals said they definitely possess tech smarts.
Here’s a snapshot of the other statistics: 60 percent of Millennials felt they’re team players; only 22 percent of HR felt they would be strong teammates. Similar numbers reflected communication skills. Approximately 65 percent of Millennials felt they relate well to others compared to 14 percent of HR and 40 percent of this generation identified themselves as leaders compared to nine percent of HR thinking they had the potential to lead.
So, other than seeing the significant differences in views, how can we bridge the gap based on this information? Rich Milgram, founder and CEO of Beyond.com, The Career Network, stated in a press release:
“Until Millennials are able to overcome existing stereotypes, they’ll have to work extra hard just to get noticed. Younger job seekers don’t have it easy in the current economy, and they’ve been put in a hole by the generations that have gone before them. Nowadays, it’s not good enough to be good enough – Millennials need to match their vision of success with the work ethic that it will take to get there; meaning advanced education, internships and a willingness to go beyond what’s expected.”