TeamOne Logistics has revealed the top four things Millennials look for in a job.
Millennials currently account for 36% of the millions of job seekers in the U.S., and that number is expected to grow to 46% by 2020.
Most Millennial job seekers resort to online job boards, social media groups or postings and staffing agencies in order to find the right fit. But what exactly is it that differentiates the job seeking Millennials from their gen x counterparts? What do Millennials look for in a job, whether part-time or full-time? TeamOne Logistics outlines the top four things Millennials look for in a potential workplace:
1. They want to utilize their creativity or unique skill sets.
What makes Millennials unique is that they were raised and educated in a time of mass technological growth. Smartboards replaced chalkboards, and iPhones and Androids replaced their textless predecessors. Students were exposed to new technologies at a younger age, whereas their elders didn’t have this advantage. This means they possess different skill sets like social media skills, computer skills and critical thinking skills that are all advantageous to potential employers.
2. They desire a flexible work schedule.
Although most people would prefer a flexible work schedule, this especially holds true for Millennials. From being able to create their own college schedule, they are already accustomed to making their own schedule. They desire the ability to either work from home or travel in addition to average office hours. The most important quality in a job is the ability to have a healthy work-life balance. Incorporating personal interests into their work allows for not only a better end result, but a happier employee in the process.
3. They crave independence or a “be-your-own-boss” type position.
Employers are quick to judge Millennials in stating that they may be difficult to work with for various reasons. However, if given an appropriate position catered to their distinct knowledge and sets of skills, they can excel and bring multiple benefits to a company. They desire their independence and room for growth. If you’re an employer, hiring a Millennial can be beneficial for your company in that they will work hard if given the opportunity to grow and learn.
4. They seek purpose and the ability to improve their community (and the world).
What sets Gen X apart from the rest of the job seeking community is their undying ambition to make the world a better place. They are open-minded and crave opportunities to help their community, whether local or global. Millennials also look to make the world a better place and enjoy volunteering and participating in events that will benefit those less fortunate and those in need. Having people on your team who always look for the greater good in the world is a positive asset that any employer should seek within a potential candidate.
Whether you’re a job seeker or an employer looking to fill a position within your company, there is a right fit out there for you. Millennials seek creative positions that will cater to their unique needs, including flexible schedules, opportunities for independence and growth and the ability to better their community. Overall, this generation of job seekers will benefit your company and change the world if given the right opportunity.
TeamOne Logistics is a nationally recognized workforce expert for the trucking industry, currently serving customers in 87 locations, and employing 800 employees across 29 states.