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Gen Y: Time to Get Comfortable with In-Person Conversation

June 02nd, 2012

Hi All!

There are a variety of reasons I chose this topic to write about today, but one recent conversation with a good friend was the thing that got me motivated to actually do it.

She was telling me how she and her 23-year old Millennial (aka: Gen Y) son, who recently graduated from college, went mattress shopping for his new apartment. During their outing together, she was chatting up a storm with everyone; the salespeople, other customers, etc.

After a while, her son finally said, “Mom, what is it with your generation? You guys talk to everyone, all the time!”

He then continued to say that he wasn’t comfortable doing that and that most people he knew, in his generation, felt the same way. However, during their 3-hour mattress-shopping afternoon together, she told me that he hardly ever stopped texting back and forth with his friends. So, “communication” isn’t the issue; “how” they are comfortable doing it is.

Anyway, after his comment, at the very next store she made an effort to hardly say a word and decided to let him handle the interaction with the 40-something sales associate. It only took about 4 minutes for her son to ask her to talk to the salesperson because he didn’t want to anymore. Rather, he was more comfortable watching his Baby Boomer mom do all the talking.

I’ve seen this “not talking much” dynamic occur in many of the workshops I conduct for Millennial employees in corporations. That is also one reason I dedicate a chapter to “communicating like a leader” in my popular book for Millennial employees, “Millennials into Leadership”. My Millennial audiences are always totally engaged, but just aren’t comfortable making comments or asking questions, even when I ask them to. However, they come up to me one-on-one afterwards, or send me emails afterwards, with questions or comments. THAT is totally different from when I conduct workshops or seminars with “older” generations in the audience (i.e. Gen X and Boomers). I typically have to monitor how much time they take up talking!

Plus, I get tons of Millennials at my leadership training workshops that openly admit they just aren’t comfortable speaking with strangers, or even work colleagues, face-to-face. AND, I hear this complaint from many of their Managers. They get very frustrated with the fact their Millennial employees don’t participate much in meetings. However, they find it odd that those same Millennials are totally okay telling them about what they did over the weekend, in lengthy detail, EVERY Monday morning.

And I have to explain that most Millennials like, and need, close ties to their bosses, and sharing their personal life is one way they try to build that “bond”. Unfortunately, that’s something that most supervisors in the workforce, 35+ years old, find very irritating.

Hence just ONE of the reasons the multi-generational workforce challenges continue…and that’s what keeps getting me booked for speaking engagements at well-known companies across the country!

The bottom line to all of this is: Most Millennials grew-up communicating electronically with their peers and that is their comfort zone. However, as I explain to them, they need to work on getting out of that online comfort zone and work at being more comfortable with in-person social settings. It is critical to their career success and relationship building professionally.

My advice to all you Millennials is to take it slow and “practice”. Go to professional networking events, at work and outside of work, or if you’re job searching, and force yourself to meet as many people as you can each time. Trust me! It gets much easier the more you do it!

Also, to get you started, follow these great tips for networking successfully at events offered by David Spinks, who wrote this article for BrazenCareerist.com, an info-packed blog site for young professionals, entitled, “13 Tips for Your First Networking Event”.

Now get out there, turn off your mobile devices, and build some new relationships by communicating the old fashioned way…in-person! Your “career” will thank you!

Bye for now,

Lisa

What Are the Most Overrated Jobs College Students Should Be Aware Of?

November 13th, 2011

Hi All!

I came across this interesting article today on Yahoo! Finance and wanted to share it. The information provided is certainly helpful for recent college grads, college students, and Millennials (aka: Gen Y) in the workforce to be aware of as they plan their career paths.

Normally, we see tons of articles that are about “the hottest careers“, so I thought a topic about careers that are the most overrated was a fun twist!

Here’s an excerpt from the article, 12 Most Overrated Jobs, by Daniel Bukszpan, courtesy of CNBC:

When parents look at their young children and imagine what they’ll be when they grow up, many different possibilities come to mind. They dream of little Junior growing up to be a surgeon, or perhaps a commercial airline pilot, or maybe a banker, and they imagine a rewarding future of power, prestige, and high pay.

The reality is actually a little different. The job search portal CareerCast.com , created a list of 12 jobs that are traditionally believed to be great occupations, but that actually look a lot better on paper than they might be in reality.

Despite the public perception of some of these jobs as impressive and rewarding, some have less-than-stellar salaries and frankly lousy hiring prospects. Others come with so much on-the-job stress that the six-figure income barely seems worth it, particularly when the work involves the safety and well-being of others.

Whatever the case, CareerCast.com characterizes all of the following jobs as overrated, but with important caveats: “A job that’s overrated doesn’t mean it fails to serve an important function in our society. In fact, these jobs play an integral role in our workplace,” says the website . “It’s just that the hype surrounding them sometimes makes these jobs sound much better than they really are.”

So, are you curious what the 12 most overrated jobs are??? I’m sure you are!

Click here to find out!

Bye for now!

Lisa

Career Expert’s New Book Examines Today’s Internships in America

June 07th, 2011

New Book Explores the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Internships in America Today!

Hi All!

I wanted to share this Press Release with you about a new book I highly recommend checking out, Lies, Damned Lies & Internships: The Truth About Getting from Classroom to Cubicle, by Heather R. Huhman.

PRESS RELEASE:

Today’s internships are creating and evolving the next generation of our workforce – and generating controversy, urban myths, and false prophets. In her newest book, Lies, Damned Lies & Internships: The Truth About Getting from Classroom to Cubicle (Happy About, 2011), career expert and experienced hiring manager Heather R. Huhman examines the condition of internships in today’s economy – and tackles the good, bad, and ugly.

Available on June 6, 2011, Lies, Damned Lies & Internships explores the current state of internships, buried in misconception, exploitation, and controversy, and gets down to what really matters: experience and education.

Huhman, who has been recognized by CNN/CareerBuilder for the past two years as a ‘top job tweeter you should be following’ and included in Monster.com’s ‘The Monster 11 for 2011: Career Experts Who Can Help Your Search,’ says, “As a five-time intern and proud intern-employer, I believe that an intern is hired to learn, not to go on coffee runs and make endless copies. In fact, internships aren’t meant to be ‘jobs’ at all. This book looks at both sides of the internship debate – and ignites a new discussion amongst legislators, employers, universities, parents, and, of course, interns.”

Lies, Damned Lies & Internships includes a forward by Mark Babbitt, CEO of YouTern. According to Babbitt, “It is time for all of us, across the board – corporate America, higher education and the intern candidates themselves – to focus on the importance of high-quality, mentor-based internships as a means to transition from academic pursuits to the real world.”

In Lies, Damned Lies & Internships, Huhman discusses:

  • Recent controversies surrounding internships
  • The importance of internships
  • Characteristics of a good internship program
  • How to create an internship program
  • Current problems and possible solutions
  • An analysis of “internships gone bad”
  • How to turn an internship into full-time employment
  • How to turn interns into full-time employees

Lies, Damned Lies & Internships is available for purchase and download at Happy About. Soon, the eBook also can be enjoyed on the Kobo, Kindle, iPhone/iPad, Nook, and Google Books.

ABOUT HEATHER R. HUHMAN:

Heather R. Huhman is the Founder & President of Come Recommended, and has nearly a decade of public relations and marketing experience, specializing in media relations, content marketing, and social media. She is also a well-recognized career expert, an experienced hiring manager, and someone who has been in nearly every employment-related situation imaginable.

Grab a copy of her book today! It’s interesting and definately worth reading!

Bye for now,

Lisa

Seven Tips for Gen Y Job Seekers in This Tough Economy

April 23rd, 2011

Hi All!

We all know the current job market is tough, regardless of what generation you’re from. But for many Millennials (aka: Gen Y), who are inexperienced when it comes to searching for a job, it can be an even tougher time. So this article provides all you newbie job seekers, and recent college grads, with (7) tips that will give you an edge over your job-seeker competition.

  1. Start a Blog: Not “just” a blog – a blog that covers the news and information about specific companies, or industries, where you’d like to work. You can then contact the company(s) and let them know you have a blog that is “about them and their industry”. This can attract their attention and give you an edge over just submitting a resume. Even micro-blogging on Twitter using this strategy is smart. It helps you promote your Personal Brand!
  2. Make Yourself Known: Many newbie job seekers send their resume and then do nothing. Making 1-2 follow-up calls is not enough. Until someone tells you “the position is filled”, keep calling, emailing, and inquiring. Sure, it may seem like you’re annoying, but you are making yourself memorable, and that’s key.
  3. Know Your Target: Make sure you include the terminology used within that industry, and/or by that company, when submitting your info to them. This can range from the job titles they use to the industry/company jargon they use. The point here is to make your resume and cover letter “customized” to them, not generic to ANY industry and/or company.
  4. Don’t Rely on Your Computer: Yes, the Internet is a powerful networking tool. And, of course, network on social networks like FaceBook, Twitter and LinkedIn. But face-to-face contact can be more powerful. Attend local professional networking events in industries you’re interested in. Interested in a Marketing career? Attend your local AMA chapter mixer. Each month, attend as many “live” networking events as possible. Not only will you make a lot of contacts but you’ll become better at “selling yourself” which can help when you interview.
  5. Make Business Cards: Don’t arrive to networking events or job interviews without business cards. You can even make your title “Job Seeker in Finance” (or whatever you’re looking for). And on the back print a few bullets about you: Education, Degree, strengths, etc. These can be like mini-resumes and they give you something interesting to hand to people (versus writing your contact info on a napkin at an event). Make your own cards and get them printed inexpensively through online services like LogoMaker.com.
  6. Thank You Cards: Whenever your return home from an interview or networking event, or even from a casual encounter with someone you met at a party where you discussed your employment, send a hand written thank you note to everyone you met. People tend to send thank yous via email, but a hand written note makes a big impression nowadays because very few people send them!
  7. Be “Employed” Through Volunteering: If you’re unemployed, use some of your free time to volunteer at a local non-profit. That reflects well on you when interviewing. You can say that you volunteer 15-20 hours per week for XYZ organization and your tasks include…employers want to know you’re “doing something” other than looking for a job full time. It also shows them you’re hard working and not just sitting around your home waiting for a job.

And, don’t be afraid to get creative! There was a great story last year about an unemployed father of 3 from the financial industry who wore a nice suit and a sandwich board on the streets of New York, advertising he was looking for a job. And you know what? Within a short time he landed a job with a top company in his industry! Why? Because people from that company saw him daily and started to talk to him…may sound a bit nuts, but this economy is a bit nuts, so think outside the box in your job seeking efforts!

Bye for now,

Lisa

Tips for Gen Y on Personal Branding, Career Success, Landing a Job, Entrepreneurship and More

December 18th, 2009

Hi All!

Recently Dan Schawbel, founder of PersonalBrandingBlog.com, interviewed me about Millennials (Gen Y) at work, workforce insights, my new book “Millennials Into Leadership“, and more. Here’s a run down of the questions he asked me and you can read the complete interview on his website:

1. Name at least 3 Millennial stereotypes and how they can impact the workforce, for better or worse?

2. What makes a Millennial leader?

3.  What do Millennials complain about the most in the workplace?

4. Your first book, “Millennials Incorporated”, focused on how to recruit and manage Millennials, but your new book is written for the Millennials. Why?

5. Did you need to write a second book to expand your platform?

CLICK HERE TO READ MY ANSWERS!

Then, I switched hats and conducted a podcast interview, for my “Millennials In Motion” show, with Millennial Heather Huhman, President and Founder of ComeRecommended.com – an exclusive online community connecting the best internship and entry-level job candidates with the best employers.

Listen to this interesting interview, where I ask Heather:

1. What exactly is Come Recommended?

2. How did Come Recommended get started?

3. What are your plans for the future with the site?

4. What’s been your favorite part about starting a company? What’s been the most difficult?

5. What advice do you have for Millennials who are looking for a job or just about to start their first job hunt?

6. You say Millennials shouldn’t rule out entrepreneurship as a career. What advice do you have for people interested in following in your footsteps?

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE PODCAST!

Okay! I hope you enjoy both of these interviews, and be sure to follow me on Twitter @GenerationsGuru

Bye for now!

Lisa

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