Hire a Millennial

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Author: G.D.

I'm from Pensyltucky. Can trace my ancestry directly to whom the present day national anthem of Poland is written about.

33 thoughts on “Hire a Millennial”

  1. My 23 yr old niece who speaks fluent Japanese had her first post-college interview at Chiat Day for a marketing position last year. We had a talk about this before she went in:

    1. She has waist length hair so I told her to braid or pony it so she wouldn’t feel tempted to play with it during the interview. I have long hair too so I know women do this when they get nervous.

    2. Look professional. Chiat Day has the rep for being pretty anti-establishment but get a cool black suit and invest in an expensive pair of stylish pumps.

    3. Jewelry- minimum. Wear the diamond studs your father gave you for graduation and a nice watch even if you have to borrow your mother’s.

    4. Do your homework. Sony is an important customer at Chiat and make sure you emphasize your language skills and know something about doing business with Japanese clients. It’s different.

    5. When the inevitably boring question comes up: What do you consider your best attributes (?) do not give inane answers such as “I like working with people.” Give specific examples of what you accomplished in college; summa grad, varsity athlete, semester abroad in Tokyo, president of sorority, but be sure to emphasize what you achieved with those opportunities.

    She’s a very serious girl and after the interview she cried for 24 hours because she thought she’d blown it but lo and behold, she got both the job and is working on the Sony account at age 23.

    Bear with me; I don’t have kids so I have to brag about somebody.

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  2. EThompson:
    Bear with me; I don’t have kids so I have to brag about somebody.

    LOL, Love it!

    Well I have a daughter and a son. (in order of age) My daughter, let me tell you a short story about her…

    When my daughter was born, her mother, (my first wife), and I decided to name her Phileshia. When she was young, I called her Eshia. That was cute until high school. She wanted to be called something different because that was babyish. She wanted to be called “Phil”. So I called her “Phil” up until about 6-7 years ago. Then she asked me to call her by her given name, Phileshia. I asked why not “Phil” and she said when she got her doctorate, she didn’t want to be known as Dr. Phil.

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  3. She was right about a couple of things. Facebook is for old people and 8 am is on the early side. I’m usually reading Ratburger at that hour.

    This video originally came out in 2017, sans subtitles. I remember when that version made the rounds. The funny thing about the version in the OP is that some of the subtitles are obviously wrong. “I Skype with my French boyfriend in Paris” is rendered as “I Skype with my friend’s boyfriend and parents”, which makes no sense.

    The phrase that comes to mind right now is ok boomer.

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  4. Humorous.  But every time I see someone trashing on Millennials, I think “Hmmm.  My kids are Millenials and don’t act like that in the least.  I even have a hard time thinking of any of their friends that act like that.”

    Then I think “Hmmm.  If these types of Millennials do exist, I wonder who raised them to be that way…”

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  5. Great Adventure:
    Humorous.  But every time I see someone trashing on Millennials, I think “Hmmm.  My kids are Millenials and don’t act like that in the least.  I even have a hard time thinking of any of their friends that act like that.”

    Then I think “Hmmm.  If these types of Millennials do exist, I wonder who raised them to be that way…”

    I will take a guess. Their fathers.

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  6. EThompson:
    My 23 yr old niece who speaks fluent Japanese had her first post-college interview at Chiat Day for a marketing position last year. We had a talk about this before she went in:

    1. She has waist length hair so I told her to braid or pony it so she wouldn’t feel tempted to play with it during the interview. I have long hair too so I know women do this when they get nervous.

    2. Look professional. Chiat Day has the rep for being pretty anti-establishment but get a cool black suit and invest in an expensive pair of stylish pumps.

    3. Jewelry- minimum. Wear the diamond studs your father gave you for graduation and a nice watch even if you have to borrow your mother’s.

    4. Do your homework. Sony is an important customer at Chiat and make sure you emphasize your language skills and know something about doing business with Japanese clients. It’s different.

    5. When the inevitably boring question comes up: What do you consider your best attributes (?) do not give inane answers such as “I like working with people.” Give specific examples of what you accomplished in college; summa grad, varsity athlete, semester abroad in Tokyo, president of sorority, but be sure to emphasize what you achieved with those opportunities.

    This is all great advice.  And not just for your talented niece.

    She’s a very serious girl and after the interview she cried for 24 hours because she thought she’d blown it but lo and behold, she got both the job and is working on the Sony account at age 23.

    Bear with me; I don’t have kids so I have to brag about somebody.

    You’ve got good cause.

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  7. Great Adventure:
    Then I think “Hmmm.  If these types of Millennials do exist, I wonder who raised them to be that way…”

    My older brother and his wife, for one. Their oldest two kids are classic stereotypes. The second son (third kid) has his act together. As for the nephew staying with me? Well, descent enough, but a millenial.

    Not me. My three have their heads screwed on straight. They like other millenials for the same reason I do: job security.

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  8. Well for reference as all this talk of the generations I get mixed up, so…
    1925 to 1945: Silent Generation. 1900 to 1924: G.I.

    The Center for Generational Kinetics lists the following five generations who are currently active in America’s economy and workforce:

    • 1996 to present: Gen Z, iGen, or Centennials.
    • 1977 to 1995: Millennials or Gen Y.
    • 1965 to 1976: Generation X.
    • 1946 to 1964: Baby Boomers.

    Yep, I’m a “Boomer”, in the earlier end of that spectrum.

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  9. drlorentz:
    8 am is on the early side.

    I’m old school: ok boomer. When you’re starting your first job, you report for work when your employers expect you to. After 10 years, a $20 million dollar increase in sales in 3 years and a consistent 55% net margin, I came in at 10 am and nobody said a word about it.

    Lesson to Millennials: You have to earn the perks.

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  10. G.D.:
    Well for reference as all this talk of the generations I get mixed up, so…
    1925 to 1945: Silent Generation. 1900 to 1924: G.I.

    The Center for Generational Kinetics lists the following five generations who are currently active in America’s economy and workforce:

    • 1996 to present: Gen Z, iGen, or Centennials.
    • 1977 to 1995: Millennials or Gen Y.
    • 1965 to 1976: Generation X.
    • 1946 to 1964: Baby Boomers.

    Yep, I’m a “Boomer”, in the earlier end of that spectrum.

    According to Wikipedia, citing Pew Research and Gallup, the date range for Millennials is between 1980 and 1983. I have never seen any source claim that the Millennial generation began nearly in the mid-70s. And yes, I am fighting hard against your generational breakdown because I was born in 79 and I refuse to be considered a g****** Millennial.

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  11. EThompson:

    drlorentz:
    8 am is on the early side.

    I’m old school: ok boomer. When you’re starting your first job, you report for work when your employers expect you to. After 10 years, a $20 million dollar increase in sales in 3 years and a consistent 55% net margin, I came in at 10 am and nobody said a word about it.

    Lesson to Millennials: You have to earn the perks.

    Bingo! You don’t act like the CEO when you are in the freaking mailroom.

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  12. Robert A. McReynolds:

    G.D.:
    Well for reference as all this talk of the generations I get mixed up, so…
    1925 to 1945: Silent Generation. 1900 to 1924: G.I.

    The Center for Generational Kinetics lists the following five generations who are currently active in America’s economy and workforce:

    • 1996 to present: Gen Z, iGen, or Centennials.
    • 1977 to 1995: Millennials or Gen Y.
    • 1965 to 1976: Generation X.
    • 1946 to 1964: Baby Boomers.

    Yep, I’m a “Boomer”, in the earlier end of that spectrum.

    According to Wikipedia, citing Pew Research and Gallup, the date range for Millennials is between 1980 and 1983. I have never seen any source claim that the Millennial generation began nearly in the mid-70s. And yes, I am fighting hard against your generational breakdown because I was born in 79 and I refuse to be considered a g****** Millennial.

    I was born in 59 and have refused to be considered a Boomer my whole life.  I have little to nothing culturally in common with someone born in 1946.  The whole concept of “Baby Boomer” was the WWII soldiers coming home and making babies.  My father was 11 when WWII ended.  Nope, not a Boomer.   I don’t care what you call me, I’m not a Boomer.

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