How to Bridge the Gap Between Hiring Managers and Millenials

Current hiring managers seem disillusioned with about 60% of the Millenials graduating from college and entering the workforce.

If you have been struggling to find work, you need to listen to this video as we help bridge the gap between the vastly different languages spoken by Millenials and hiring managers:

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Video Transcript for “How to Bridge the Gap Between Hiring Managers and Millenials”

Brian Clapp, Director of Content: A 2013 study found that hiring managers believe only 2 out of 5 recent college graduates are prepared to work in the field that they studied while in college. Only 2 out of 5! That means 60% of college graduates are not prepared, according to hiring managers, to enter the field they just finished studying.

That was shocking to me and it should be to you – I’ll link to the study below (right here) and you can go through it in as much detail as you want – I did, and found some interesting things. I talked to hiring mangers that I know and tried to get some feedback on if it this study was accurate in the world they live in. Most of them agree that the problems are real and these are the problems they see:

Colleges and the Millenial Style

Colleges have been slow to keep up with the Millenial style of learning and new technologies, so they have been over-adjusting in a certain way and allowing majors to become more customized, because they think it’s cool and what Millenials want. In turn, many students are avoiding certain things they don’t like – they are crafting a college experience based purely on what they like vs. what they need to learn.

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There are vast cultural differences between Millenials and hiring managers, but once you recognize them you can adjust your game accordingly

You have to ask yourself is that what you are doing or have done?

Are you lacking confidence in your writing, and therefore avoiding classes that require a great deal of writing and communication. Don’t do that – you need these foundational skills, even if they aren’t in your wheelhouse. There are plenty of other examples they give regarding colleges that aren’t making smart decisions for their students, instead they are making them happy for the short-term. You have to ask yourself, are you preparing for the long-term entering the workforce – or just the short-term maximizing your college experience.

Millenials Challenge Social Norms (Without Even Knowing It)

The other thing they talk about is that social norms are being tested in the workplace. Think about Millenials and many times you have a visual of someone at a desk with their earbuds in. There is nothing wrong with this and Millenials view it as, “I’m completing my tasks – the ear buds keep me focused.”

The disconnect comes because hiring managers and executives see it as disrespectful – they think you are avoiding communication, not a part of the team, or only focused on your singular tasks. So there is a gap that is developing and a disconnect – the hiring managers look at the entry level employees and think they’re not good communicators, they can’t express themselves, they can’t make strong presentations and all I ever see is them at their desk with earbuds.

It’s on you as an employee to understand this is a perception problem that hiring managers see and wonder how you can adjust you technique a little bit to fit culturally. Use your earbuds some, but also get up, talk, be interactive with other people, be a leader – because that is missing in today’s workplace.

Accessibility has led to Awkwardness

Finally, accessibility has led to awkwardness. Everyone blames social media, “kids today only talk in 140 characters” bah humbug – but the truth is Twitter and other social mediums have made everyone accessible: actors, athletes, politicians, the President etc. You can tweet at them and get a response, so the expectation of being able to speak with anyone at anytime has broken some of the traditional workplace barriers.

An entry level employee now thinks they have complete access to the CEO and can send them an email critiquing some operational structure or marketing plan. It’s creating some huge awkwardness – hiring managers are saying to themselves ‘oh my god this entry level employee is embarrassing me to to death with the CEO.’

These are the kinds of disconnects that are happening between hiring managers and Millenials – so how are you as a recent graduate going to help bridge that communication gap – that’s the question you need to be asking yourself.

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About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the broadcast media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for &

Recently Brian has become addicted to Google+ and LinkedIn so add him to your circles and make him a contact. No seriously, you should.


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