Job Opportunities for Millennials and More
Are you looking for job opportunities? You probably don’t need me to tell you that for certain groups these are unprecedented economic times. Our children are the first generation in living memory predicted not to do better than their parents. And this despite the history of our great country being that of the children of immigrants enjoying economic prosperity of which previous generations could but dream.
But our 20-somethings tell a different story. Many are faced with student loan debt, poor job prospects, and the daunting economic reality that comes with an uncertain future.
But I can also tell you that for kids who “get it” the news for job opportunities is unexpectedly good. The principles I wrote about in All About Them have helped these job seekers have a future as bright as those of previous generations.
Here are the six guiding precepts that will allow your children to find job opportunities. Handled properly, they can achieve the dreams that you have for them and they may have for themselves:
When I was writing All About Them I asked Mark Levit this question. Mark was a successful advertising agency owner in New York until he traded the subway for sunshine and moved to South Florida. Today Mark teaches advertising and marketing and works with hundreds of students.
Mark believes the only statements worth making promise prospective employers that you will save them time, effort, or money or that you will make them money.
Everything else, he says, is superfluous. “The person reading the résumé doesn’t look at a student’s job search the way the student does. They’re scanning the document for key words signaling the applicant understands why they’re being hired and what’s expected of them. If they find that, then they’ll go on to look at the applicant’s specific qualifications. If they don’t find it in the application, the résumé goes directly to the circular file.”
What job seekers don’t realize is that a résumé is the wrong place to be yourself. Instead, it’s the opportunity to be what the employer wants you to be. I’m not suggesting that students should lie or even exaggerate—remember in today’s world, confirmation of a job prospect’s former employment and education is only a mouse click away. What students need to do is look at their job search materials less as an opportunity to tell the world who they are and more as the chance to tell a potential employer what they can do for them. Because that’s what gets kids hired.