5 Tips for Recruiting Millennials

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Many Millennials, also known as Generation Y, have taken a different approach to their careers than previous generations. While paychecks are still important, they tend to have a more holistic view. With this in mind, let’s take a look at five tips for recruiting the best and brightest of this generation as it gradually takes over the workforce.

Recruiting Millenials

1. Scrap the Eight-to-Five

It’s common to have employees work eight to five these days. But that won’t get you very far with most Millennials. According to a 2012 MTV survey, four in five members of this generation think they should be allowed to set their own hours.

A 2011 study by Regus confirmed that 85 percent of employers offer some sort of flextime. Be sure your company does the same so it doesn’t fall behind the competition when recruiting this age group.

2. Offer Meaningful Work

Millennials want more than just a paycheck: they want meaningful work. According to the mentioned MTV survey, half would rather be unemployed than have a job they hate. And nine in ten believe it is important to constantly learn on the job and that they deserve their dream job. Thus, be sure to offer learning opportunities and a chance to make a difference, as this group wants a career, not a job.

3. Don’t Just Preach Diversity – Live it

According to a 2011 survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), over half of Millennials believe that companies talk about diversity, but do not provide equal opportunities for all. So, to attract this highly-diverse age group, demonstrate your company is truly committed to diversity instead of just paying lip service to it. You’ll thank yourself when the positive online reviews and word-of-mouth make their way around the candidate pool.

4. Loosen Up

The mentioned MTV survey noted that four in five Millennials think they should be able to wear jeans to work at least on occasion. Eighty-eight percent want their coworkers to be their friends. Seven in ten males think they should be permitted to date coworkers while half of females feel the same way. And six in ten males think their boss should be able to “friend” them while four in ten females agree.

So, allow casual Fridays or even go to an all-casual dress code. Consider loosening up that employee fraternization policy, as well.

5. Be Realistic about Tech Freedoms

“They may take our jobs, but they can never take our tech freedoms!”

If Braveheart was about Millennials in the workplace, Mel Gibson would have probably shouted something like that. To illustrate, according to a 2012 survey of college students and young professionals by OnlineCollegeCourses.com, a third said the Internet is as important as air, food, shelter and water. Less than half of college students would accept a job and abide by a social media policy while 27 percent would take the job and find a way around it. And three in ten would prioritize device flexibility and social media freedom over salary.