In my “Now Trending” series, I curate five recently published articles that capture the future of work or embrace the Millennial mindset. Share your favorite articles of the week in a comment!
According to this Wall Street Journal article, Nestle will begin a major initiative to recruit 20,000 young workers throughout Europe. They plan to hire 10,000 workers under 30 over the next three years and will create 10,000 new positions for trainees, all to counter-balance an aging workforce. Generational change is happening stateside, too; it’s just a bit slower. American Baby Boomers will eventually retire in massive numbers, but thanks to the Great Recession, many Boomers are working years longer than expected. For my Millennial readers, check out my tips to embrace your older colleagues in this US News article.
Facebook is still the world’s largest social network, but recent reports reveal that Millennials’ interest in the site is starting to fade. In a study of teens cited in this article, only 23% reported that Facebook is the most important social network, down significantly from a year ago. Christie Garton, author of this piece and a Millennial marketing expert, says that brands should focus most on listening rather than talking on social media in order to engage Millennials. I agree – Millennials want to be heard.
I love so much of the advice that Jenny Dearborn, Chief Learning Officer of SuccessFactors, shares in this post. My favorites: emphasize your generation’s advantages (here are my tips for that), don’t rely solely on your employer for your continued development and education and recruit mentors from a variety of backgrounds and ages to help be your guides.
Millennials are having a much more challenging time entering the workforce than previous generations and competition is stiffer than ever. So, it’s not a big surprise that the data from this article show adults between the ages of 25-34 are more likely to be broke and face unemployment. One way to safeguard yourself is to protect yourself with employer benefits and insurance policies.
It’s common now for employers to check out your social media Profiles to learn more about you. Hopefully, what they find will make them want to hire you and not the other way around. This New York Times article reports on another kind of social media and recruiting: how undergraduate admissions offices utilize the networks with their candidates. The major takeaway? Looking students up is not done regularly, but the same advice follows: keep your profiles clean, make a favorable impression and, at all costs, avoid doing anything you’d regret an admissions dean seeing later.
What other content caught your eye this week? Please share in the comments!
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