Each new generation entering the workforce give an opportunity for employers to breathe new life into their business, but the question is, how do you attract this young talent to you?
Those who are within or around the first decade of their career are in a rising population infamously known as Millennials (born roughly between the early 1980s and the mid-to-late 1990s). By 2025, Millennials will make up 75% of the global workforce. Not only that, but Millennials compose a growing number of people in the tech industry and are responsible for shaping its frontier.
Millennials switched their careers to technology more than any other industry in 2016 because they see the ample opportunities it has to offer, although it still isn’t enough to fill the industry’s needs.
The tech industry has substantially low unemployment rates, making IT jobs difficult to fill now more than ever before. Some companies can no longer post jobs and wait for the talent to apply– it’s time for them to begin reaching out to this increasingly large and influential segment of the population and retain the cream of the crop if they want to succeed.
How do you do that? First, find out what Millennials look for in their career and adapt!
Room for Growth
A quality that this younger generation commonly cites as important in their career is room for growth. According to a Gallup poll, 87% of Millennials rate “professional or career growth and development opportunities” as important to them in a job– far more than only 69% of non-Millennials who say the same.
They view their jobs as opportunities to learn and grow, therefore, they make decisions about prospective roles by looking into the trajectory of their position and the company as a whole. Luckily, IT is seen as a comparatively new and growing industry, and Millennials are attracted to the ample career prospects it promises. When finding new talent, make it clear that there is room for them to climb the ranks and manage more responsibilities over time.
Technology has changed the face of the normal work day, and Millennials are spearheading a brand new way to work and collaborate between all levels of employees. Having a flexible environment is attractive because it allows people to work smarter, not harder.
For example, with new technologies that allow the ability to work from home, Millennials have grown accustomed to this type of freedom and can come back to work feeling refreshed. Having flexibility and control over their own schedules makes for happy employees which in turn fosters a positive work environment.
We are in an age where social responsibility is held in high regard among the younger generations. It is affecting everything, from the way Millennials shop to the way they look for jobs. 73% say they want to see what an organization stands for before joining. Companies now need to make a greater effort to connect the daily responsibilities of the job to a greater good.
Implementing a giving-back program in which employees can volunteer together is a great way to demonstrate your stance on social responsibility while also encouraging team building. Let your prospective employees know your values and they will come into the position feeling a connection to the company as humans rather than faceless entities.
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Adapting to a workforce saturated with Millennials will not only get you more prospects, it will improve your overall operations for the better.
Do you need help finding people for your organization? We can connect bright young individuals right to you. In fact, 93% of Millennials are always interested in hearing about new job opportunities!