The Pros & Cons of Being a Millennial Recruiter

The millennial label gets a bad rep. But, is being a millennial really a bad thing? Moreover, what’s it like to be a millennial in the recruitment industry?

We thought we’d try and settle this once and for all. Time to weigh up a few stereotypes, home truths and outright lies.

Here are the pros and cons of being a millennial in recruitment.

The Good, the Bad, the Millennial

The media seems to be a huge reinforcer of the unpleasant myths around millennials. It’s constantly spewing up some new story about how ‘only 2% of millennials know how to wash up’ or ‘avocado on toast means millennials will never own a house’.

We thought we’d get it all out in the open – let’s take a closer look at these urban legends.

Some of them are completely unjustified, others not so much…

Millennials Don’t Want to Work

By 2020, millennials are set to make up 50% of the global workforce. Some would argue this means they’re not exactly ‘work shy’.

What’s more, 6 out of 10 millennials are open to new jobs. If we go by ‘majority rules’ that would suggest most of Gen Y do in fact want to work – despite stereotyping.

Millennials are Job Hoppers

We’ve all been told it before – you shouldn’t lump everyone into the same category.

That being said, there are a few facts and figures that don’t exactly paint Gen Y in the best light:

  • 91% of millennials expect to stay in a job for less than 3 years
  • The average millennial will have between 15-20 jobs in their lifetime
  • It costs £18,000 on average to replace a millennial employee

If you take these stats at face value, it doesn’t appear that millennials are in it for the long run.

Yes there can be fast progression and great rewards in recruitment – but are you willing to tough it out until you get there?

Millennials Take the Easy Route

When it comes to this generation, there’s a lot of talk about them being handed everything ‘on a plate’.

For some, this might be the case. However – that’s definitely not true for everyone.

In fact, 52% of millennials say progression is their top priority. What’s more – 87% say development is important in a job. Surely this points to a level of ‘get up and go’?

These figures seem to go conveniently unnoticed by some. Perhaps they need to start cutting Gen Y a bit of slack.

On the flip side – you could say that technology has made them a little lazy. The ideology of only needing a good LinkedIn profile to be sought after is definitely one that’s been adopted by a few guilty parties. Some expect the jobs to come to them – falling in their lap – which simply isn’t the case in the real world.

Millennials are Glued to Their Screens

It’s true – millennials and technology go hand in hand. In fact, 56% of them wouldn’t accept a job from a company that bans social media! 71% also cite the internet as their main source of information.

However, is being tech-savvy a bad thing? In today’s world, do you really have a choice?

We’re moving towards a more and more digital age. Those who can’t keep up get left behind – recruitment agencies included.

Using social media to recruit people is becoming the norm in many places. Surely having a recruiter who can do this with ease is a benefit?

Millennials Overreact About Minor Things

Are climate change and inequality in the workplace ‘minor’ issues?

Despite recruitment coming on leaps and bounds in recent years, it’s still behind in a few areas. Maybe changing the industry from the inside out is exactly what it needs.

Rigid hierarchies and outdated management will fail to pull in younger staff.

Millennials Need a Thicker Skin

It’s not unheard of for a 20-something keyboard warrior to freak out over nothing.

However, in recruitment, this just won’t fly. You need to be able to take the knocks and come back fighting. In this industry, people won’t sugar-coat things – but say it like it is.

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!

It’s Push and Pull

So – let’s get down to the crux of the issue.

Is being a millennial a positive in recruitment? Or, can it hold you back?

Where Millennials Have it Easy

It’s not quite as simple as saying millennials have it good or bad.

Advancements in tech definitely give the digital native millennial recruiters an additional tool to cut through the noise and reach a greater number of candidates than ever before.

In addition to this, millennials are often given more workplace perks than the baby boomer generation saw in their stuffy cubicle-style offices.

Where Millennials Have it Hard

There’s a pressure and general stereotype that millennials are lazy and have their priorities wrong. This isn’t always the case and can be a difficult reputation to shake.

Not only this, but markets are becoming increasingly saturated as time goes by. Despite having access to a greater number of candidates than ever before, millennial recruiters are facing such a huge volume of competition that they really must act with conviction or lose out.

Setting yourself apart and standing out from the crowd is becoming harder and harder.

The Final Say

It’s impossible to say whether the year you’re born makes you a good or bad recruiter.

It all comes down to drive, determination and passion for what you do.

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