Why are Millennials Prone to Job Hopping?

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Millennials Breaking the Mold

In a recent survey by Beyond.com, statistics show how costly it is to retain and fire a Millennial employee. This has become an issue for employers because more and more Millennials are focusing on dream careers, rather than the opportunities they currently have.

The mold created by Millennials is causing them to have a hard time committing to a single job. Generation Y is all over the place with regard to their careers because they continue to search for opportunities to get one step closer to their dream job. However, it’s time for Generation Y to break the mold and start focusing on what’s truly important in their careers.

Search for jobs that aren’t necessarily your dream job. 

Hopefully, this doesn’t sound crazy to you GenY professionals. A lot of Millennials are anxious to begin their careers, hoping they’ll land their dream job after college. However, it’s important to remember you can’t find your dream job overnight. This is why you need to search for jobs based on what you want to gain from your career, not the type of company or position that would feel like a dream come true. Sure, everyone wants the opportunity to work for Google or Apple; however, when you build up your dream job in your mind, it’s easy to overlook amazing opportunities that come your way each day.

Find companies that fit your career path.

If you’re looking to advance in your career, then you should definitely look for jobs with companies that allow room for growth. You don’t want to find yourself switching jobs every other year because you’re working for companies where you cannot advance your career. It’s very important to be thoughtful when accepting job offers. You want to make sure you find a position where you can develop your career and continue to learn new skills. Generation Y often falls into the trap of searching for the next best thing, often overlooking opportunities with great companies. However, when you focus more on your career goals rather than your dream career, you can find a company that offers you a very rewarding experience.

Be flexible and open to new opportunities. 

You never know when a door will open for you to advance in your career. This is why it’s very important for you to have a flexible attitude with your current job. Generation Y tends to focus heavily on their path to a dream job, which causes them to miss out on opportunities that fall into their hands. If you happen to be offered to take on a new project or even move to a new department in your company, have an open mind. Try to embrace this type of change because you never know where the opportunity could take you down the road in your career.

Know your value before you act quickly. 

Generation Y often gets a bad reputation because some Millennials have the tendency to think highly of themselves and their talents. Whether you are fresh out of college or you’ve been in the workforce for five years, it’s important to know your value as a professional. Your value depends greatly on the experience you have and the strength of your skills. So, before you jump the gun by thinking you deserve an amazing position at any company, make sure you have the credentials to support your expertise.

Employers definitely benefit from the knowledge and experience of Generation Y. However, as a Millennial, it’s important for you to not feel overly-confident because of this. Break the Millennial mold by being open-minded and flexible in your career path. It’s okay to not always have a strong emphasis on finding your dream job. If you are currently employed, see what opportunities are available within your company before moving on. Sometimes, all you need is a positive attitude and an open mind to lead you down a successful career path.

What ways do you think Millennials are breaking the mold in their careers? 

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6 Tips for Landing a New Job

Job searches can feel contradictory and confusing at times as you try to cover all the bases while simultaneously targeting a specific industry. In these tough economic times innovation is often necessary to land a job.  At the same time, you don’t want to be seen as too far removed from the mainstream when trying new approaches.  Balance is helpful in strategies and personal responses throughout the ups and downs of a challenging job search.

1.  Target Large and Small Companies

Don’t just pander to the Fortune 500 companies in your job search. As most economists note, small and mid-sized businesses do most of the hiring. Maintain a balance of the large companies and smaller regional businesses in your targeted job search.

2.  Consider a Temporary Position

Taking a temporary position doesn’t mean you will always be in a temporary slot.  The contacts may lead to full-time employment or another project with other businesses by further expanding your network.  Temporary positions can also lead to full-time positions, depending on your performance record and personal relationships while in the position.  Act like a full-timer in terms of big-picture planning and personal investment, and you’re likely to find yourself in that full-time position.

3.  Pursue an Internship

If you are interested in a career shift, consider an internship. These positions are no longer just for those finishing up college. Internships now accept established professionals who want to make a significant change in career direction. And an internship – at any stage in one’s career – serves the same purposes.  The internship will help you make contacts while you establish a skill set in a new industry.

4.  Follow up Judiciously

If you have posted your resume on a job site, be certain to follow up. Check email carefully for related job postings or additional leads. Cold call new prospects and conduct appropriate follow-ups. But remember the fine balance between being persistent and being a pest.  Anxiety or desperation about your job search can be conveyed in following up too frequently, appearing too eager or asking too many questions about the projected time-frame for interviews and hiring. Your best business suit is your confidence.

5.  Adjust Your Expectations

Balance your expectations with the reality of the job market. You may be ready to move into an upper management position, but find those jobs are unavailable. Look at the demographics of those currently in the job you desire. In many companies, those positions are held by folks who may have weathered the recent downturn and could be looking toward retirement over the next few years. Although it is hard to be patient and you may certainly feel you are over-qualified for a lower-level position, it can be important to simply get into the organization.  Once you have been accepted as part of the team, it is likely that you can move up quickly and perhaps that plum position will open up sooner than you anticipate. Moving into key positions is often more likely to occur from within the organization, so place yourself in a position to take advantage of eventual opportunity.

6.  Balance Traditional and Emerging Job Search Strategies

Networking is a tried and true method, but it doesn’t always have to be face-to-face.  Use social networking sites – appropriately – for your job search.  Professionally oriented sites such as LinkedIn provide a great place to start, but be sure to clean up questionable postings on Facebook to improve your chances in a competitive job market.

Dream big and balance your expectations with the economic reality. Maintaining a healthy combination in your approach and attitude will move you toward your ultimate career goals!  Balance is the key to your interactions, plans, and attitude in creating a successful search and landing that job!

Author: Alesia Benedict

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Doostang News February 28: Tips for Improving Your Networking – Part 2

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Welcome back to our second installment of tips for improving your networking skills.  Last time we discussed the importance of taking the time to really establish a meaningful connection with someone and of exchanging stories with the person you’re speaking to.  Both of these things help make you more memorable and create a basis for further conversation.  Read on for more tips on how to effectively chat people up at those networking events that we all love, oh, so much!

Create a Transition for Your Next Conversation

Once you’ve won over a contact at a networking event, the next battle becomes following up with them in a meaningful and relevant way.  Perhaps you feel comfortable approaching new people for the first time, but freeze up when it comes to following up with someone.  A good way to make this easier is to establish some basis for follow-up.  It can be as simple as telling them that you will get back to them with some piece of information, or paying close attention to a question they had and following up once you have an answer for them.  Or it may be as bold as scheduling a lunch meeting and actually following through with it.  Whatever it is that you decide to do, try your best to keep the conversation open when you say goodbye.

Become a Resource

It’s easy to list the ways in which others might be able to help us, and to attend networking events for the sole purpose of meeting such people.  But also try to consider how you could help others and make yourself available.  People seem most eager to follow up with someone when that other person is the gatekeeper to their next dream job or perfect connection.  Yet if you leave an event and find that there is some way in which you can aid someone you just met, try to be just as enthusiastic about getting in contact with that person.  If you do this, you will build a much richer network of contacts around yourself – ones that will be more likely to go out on a limb for you.

Embrace Social Media

As a follow-up to the in-person meeting, add your new contacts to your online social network.  The advantage of professional networking sites is that they grant your contacts access to all your information, including your resume if you choose to display it.  No matter how riveting of a conversation you had with another person, they’re not always going to remember all the details, so it’s helpful to provide that information afterward as well, and in a format that they can revisit.

Networking isn’t easy, but with these tips we hope it will be easier.  Just remember that in addition to everything, it’s important to be professional, friendly, and attentive – and hopefully this will render you unforgettable!

Until next time,

The Doostang Team

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