It is a fact that there are an innumerable amount of stereotypes pertaining to the millennial generation. Unfortunately, many hiring managers and recruiters are privy to these stereotypes, which may potentially eclipse many of the positive characteristics of the millennial generation. Of the reports and articles I read regarding the millenial generation, many of stereotypes listed were rather consistent. For instance, many of the articles I read claimed that millennials were perceived as lazy, entitled, and disloyal technology addicts. Since these charges are uniquely slanderous, millennials may experience a great amount of unwarranted scrutiny, especially in the workplace. More importantly, the millennial generation is commonly criticized for their professional communication habits as well. Since millennials grew up during the development of social media, many individuals believe that their communication abilities have been compromised. For some, the fact that social media has been such a large portion of the millennials life leads them to believe that the millennial generation has a developed an aversion to face-to-face interactions. Instead, many believe that millennials prefer digital interactions. This particular critique is especially burdensome because effective workplace communication is essential. Therefore, the fact that millennials are infamous for lacking this skill could jeopardize employment opportunities.
However, not all of the stereotypes about the millennial generation are negative. As a matter of fact certain generalizations about the millennial could make a prospective job candidate more attractive to employers. For instance, millennials are regarded as masters of social media and technology. These skills are desirable due to the fact that an online presence is absolutely necessary, in this day and age.
Also, modern day businesses need to adapt to a rapidly developing society in order to stay afloat as well. Employees, such as millennials, who could provide support in both of these fields would be invaluable to any company. With that being said, in order to combat negative stereotypes, millennials should attempt to consistently showcase their positive qualities. Hopefully, highlighting the positive and beneficial attributes of the millennial generation will cause the negative stereotypes to be neglected.
Lack of Professional Communication Skills
I would also submit that the type of written communication that is commonly used online and outside of the workplace is vastly different from the form of communication that is acceptable in the workplace. Outside of the workplace, millennials prefer to communication via text messaging, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets. Typically, this casual form of communication may be unfit for the workplace, so millennials may be better off adopting more formal methods of communication. Phone calls or a face-to-face meetings will certainly be apart of your professional life, so it would be beneficial to get accustomed.
Millennials are Entitled
Another belief is that millennials are an entitled generation. The belief stems from the thought that millennials have been praised for their efforts throughout their lives, which has caused them to develop an inflated ego.
This accusation could be troublesome because coming off as pompous may be a red flag for recruiters, or your fellow co-workers. In order to navigate around this stereotype, one should be conscious of how they approach work. Ideally, it would be beneficial to consistently fulfill your assignments and be humble about your accomplishments. Humility is an admirable trait in any individual, so being humble may help to alleviate some scrutiny regarding the millennials alleged sense of entitlement.
Millennials are not loyal
In addition, millennials are also known to lack loyalty. Older generations believe that we change jobs too frequently, which has prompted employers to reevaluate employee retention. It seems as though millennials are more concerned with stacking their resumes as opposed to staying with one company. Currently, the latter is helpful. Working for company for several years shows other employers that you are more likely to stay with the company for an extensive amount of time. When the workers quit, they have to be replaced. This phenomenon can be inconvenient for some companies because they have to rapidly recruit and train other replacement workers, which costs a great deal of time and money.
In short, when it comes to employment, the millennial generation has experienced the most roadblocks. In addition to coming of age during the worst domestic economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s, there are numerous stereotypes that hiring managers and recruiters possess. These stereotypes are unfair fabrications that hold no weight. However, these particular stereotypes are still being propagated. If the millennial employee hopes to get a leg up in workplace, or even hired, they should be aware of the numerous stereotypes about their generation and aim to prove their doubters wrong. Of these stereotypes, the majority of them are false and have been statistically debunked, so perhaps hiring managers and HR representatives will soon be cognizant of that. However, for the time being, millennials should strive to be humble, hardworking, loyal, and use their abilities to better themselves and their respective companies if they hope to be successful within the workplace.