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Why Managers Have a Hard Time Hiring Millennials

It’s no news that college graduates are having a difficult time landing a job. The unemployment rate for young college graduates is 5.6 percent. Graduates who are underemployed – which means they’re working a job that doesn’t require a degree or working part-time but wanting full-time work – must also be considered when we talk about this. And the underemployment rate is even worse, at 12.6 percent.

What’s wrong with the picture? Why don’t managers want to hire these educated youngsters with a fresh perspective? After doing some research, I noticed some common trends. Here’s what I found:

Lack of Experience
Those who are just graduating college hardly ever have professional work experience. Which is understandable, seeing that most people attending a university are full-time students. The majority of hours in the day are consumed by attending classes, doing homework, and meeting classmates for projects and studying – how could they have time for a professional job? As a result, many basic soft skills that are necessary for the work place are never learned. What hiring managers then fear is that the candidate may not only require training on how to do the job, but also training on how to even have a job.

Sense of Entitlement
Millennials obviously belong in a unique generation of their own. They can’t remember a time before the internet and were raised during an age of quickly advancing technology and new ways to network. Because of this, they often have very high expectations for companies. They want nice laptops, entertainment rooms, traveling, and more given by companies. Many hiring managers are displeased when a candidate asks what kind of laptop they’ll receive or how much time they’ll spend traveling during their interview. Questions and remarks about what the company offers to its employees come off a little haughty in this sense.

In addition to this, most millennials have learned to work smart, not hard. They’ve also been told their degree will take them to high places. So why not go for the managerial positions right out of college? Sometimes hiring managers would rather have someone who has put in an exceptional amount of time and professional work for a high rank position. Although every graduate with a bachelor’s degree has put in four years of commitment to a choice of study, it isn’t the blood, sweat, and tears the hiring managers would like to see. They want someone who has truly earned the position, and they may feel as though young college graduates only think they know what they’re doing.

Lack of Commitment
It is also apparent that many millennials don’t stay with one job for very long; at least not right out of college. This is most likely due to the fact that they’re still figuring out what it is exactly that they want to do, and their expectations of their duties for a given position were a little different than what played out. They want to find a job they really enjoy doing before they settle in for the long haul.

Well, you can guess why managers hate that. Hiring someone who is only going to stick around for a couple months until their next job offer is a great waste of time and money. It’s best for companies to avoid situations in which they can lose productivity, so they look to hire people who are not only experienced with the position, but have also proven they can commit to one place for a valuable amount of time.

This article was written in hopes of finding an explanation as to why millennials have a hard time landing a job after graduating from college. Have you been impacted by this topic or have thoughts on the subject? Leave your comments below!
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