No representation is absolutely true when it comes to people. Admittedly, the representation here of a Millennial candidate and Boomer takes a bit of a poetic license. It’s meant to help the Millennial keep their sense of humor, perspective and and connect with what is sure to be an older manager. Recently I read an article in the New York Times called "American Dream is Elusive for a New Generation". It states that there is a 37% unemployment rate for the Millennial generation based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is for the recent graduate who is still living at home, surfing the Internet and trying to find a job. Keep your chin up and take action, we've all been there before.
While you are looking:
1. Exhibit a productive personal brand online. Build a public portfolio of anything you have ever worked on that is relevant to your job search. Write a succinct bio for the site and state some facts. Put it on a new website like Wordpress, Squarespace or VisualCV. Link it to your Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts that have completed profiles. Be responsible with your public brand. Don't write anything on any social site that detracts from an image of professionalism. You can be funny without looking like you're out of control. Clever writing is good, stupid behavior makes it easy to filter you out.
2. Find someone in the company who can help you. Networking is a beautiful thing. Depending on your source, you’ll find that 70-80% of jobs are found because of knowing someone in the company. Doing a little front end work can open doors and move you to the top of the pile. Encourage your parents and their friends to ask around for you. If you can connect to someone at the top of the company, that’s a great chance to combine influence with advocacy.
3. Look informed. Research your targeted industry or profession at least once a week and even write about it if you want. Use a grammar checker and spell checker to protect your personal brand. Run it by a trusted friend who will give you feedback before you post. Provide links to your articles or blogs on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Businessweek Exchange. At least you will become a better communicator which almost all companies could use.
4. Ask for help. Go public with your friends and their parents that you are looking for a job. Define that job or company broadly. You can filter the jobs later when opportunities pop up.
5. Learn to talk shop. Learn about the company you are talking to before the interview. There are people who will be hiring you that can tell when you've done your homework. When you know a lot about a company and its goals, it means you're engaged in the process and the training will take less time.
6. Make more phone calls. Call your friends often to get better at phone conversations. Millennials are dependent on Facebook and SMS for communication. That may work with your buddies, but the older...