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The Millennials Approach to Job Search and Why It Is Important

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Approach to Job Search
Here's why younger job seekers evaluate a company first before deciding to take a job offer.
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During their job search, Millennials peek beyond the curtain when they are looking at a prospective company or employer, as they want to evaluate a company well before they start looking for positions that are open and can suit them. This is an entirely different approach used by Millennials compared to the traditional job hunting conducted by older workers back in the days when classified ads was the only source of job listings.

This approach used by Millennials focuses on the opportunities for advancement that they can get from a company based on the feedback from their social circles. According to a Gallup study, this is common among workers who are in their mid-twenties to thirties.

Millennials "rely heavily on their social circles to evaluate companies. Similar to when they're shopping for an insurance policy, Millennials desire input from family and friends," Gallup reports.

One of the reasons behind this is that Millennials want to commit and invest for a company who is also willing to invest in their development and this is way different from what the other generations value. Millennials give emphasis on their ability to learn and grow from a company.

According to Lisa Severy, director of career services at the University of Colorado, "younger job seekers place a high priority on advancement opportunities, flexible schedules and other factors that can be very difficult to determine in a job description".

And the reason why it is important for Millennials to get to know a company or an employer better based on someone they know or someone who is close to them is because they want to make sure that they are not wasting time accepting an offer from an employer whose values are different from theirs.

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