As a recruiter, I spend my days
crying sifting through resumes, interviewing candidates, cold calling companies begging them to take my business pitching them my services, and of course, scouring every crevasse of Linked In hoping to find that ~golden candidate~ we recruiters dream about.
And after thousands of hours spent on Linked In over the past 3 years, I’ve noticed a very unfortunate trend:
Linked In loves to Millennial-shame.
As our generation enters the workforce, this “professional platform” (and I use that lightly) has started to evolve from a networking and job hunting tool to basically an online forum where “hard working” and “humble” Gen X’s and Baby Boomers go to complain about the younger generation in their office.
And as a Millennial who frequents Linked In (as many of us do since we are literally obsessed with social media #sorrynotsorry), it is incredibly disheartening to scroll through hundreds of negative articles and comments a day from the generation that raised us.
Being generalized doesn’t feel great for anyone.
And this type of “them vs. us” attitude will only further separate the generations when we should be focusing on how best to handle these differences so we can continue to have a productive workplace.
Millennial-bashing is a tired tune, and it’s actually quite upsetting to see that our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles apparently dislike our generation that much that they feel the need to make a point of calling us names all over the internet any chance they get.
But FYI, your hate toward us isn’t going unnoticed.
There are repercussions for expressing this type of negativity on a “professional platform.”
Just as our parents (AKA Gen X’s and Baby Boomers) have warned us about our drunk Facebook photos affecting employment opportunities, putting vast generalizations about the workforce’s most prominent generation in writing on a platform where your full name, job, and employer is listed is probably not a great way to attract top talent to your organization.
Millennials make up 40% of the workforce and that percentage will only keep growing. Which means there will come a time when you will need to hire more Millennials, and even worse- there will come a time when the majority of your team will be made up of Millennials!
And as the most tech-savvy generation, it’s second nature for us to turn to social media when researching companies, hiring managers, and potential employers in the midst of a job hunt.
We will find that article you wrote about us being lazy, or that comment section where you called us entitled.
We will find those unfair, sweeping generalizations you made about the most educated generation in history.
And we will not want to work for you.
This doesn’t just apply to hiring and talent attractions.
We grew up online which means we rely on the internet for everything, including consumer reviews.
If we’re considering making a big purchase (whether that be for personal reasons or professional reasons i.e. purchasing a software platform for our department) we will be doing our research online. And similar to how we might lose job opportunities over our drunk FB posts, you might lose business opportunities over your Linked In comments.
Because why would we want to purchase from or do business with a company whose employees have publicly commented on our
I’m aware that not every Gen X or Baby Boomer is writing hateful things about us. In fact, I’ve seen articles surfacing lately that are written by older generations in defense of Millennials. Yet even on those positive posts, the comment sections are often a shit-show of hate attempting to discredit all the positive things the author wrote about us.
Millennial-bashing is the older generations’ spring break album. It can haunt your personal and professional brand and can affect possible business opportunities in the future.
My point is, think before you write and please stop generalizing an entire generation.
Millennials have so many amazing things to offer but just give us a chance. We’re new!
We’re still learning this whole corporate-working-world thing.
We’re going to stumble and make mistakes and sound dumb.
And if you still can’t justify our actions after all that, just remind yourself…you raised us.