I am offering a few words for those of you who are seeking employment between the ages of 25 – 35 years of age. Please do not get offended and disregard if it doesn’t pertain to you because this is only meant to help or improve your chances of future employment. If you are in this age range and want to enter the professional business world, I want to share some thoughts. I’m over 40 so this makes me an expert! Actually far from that but I digress.
Some of you very well know I am an educator as well as an entrepreneur. I understand and value time. In order to make money, you have to balance time and put a price tag on your time so you never really want to waste it when you don’t have too.
When people are young, many of them (not all) don’t value the aspect of professionalism as they should. If you are a jobseeker, especially those under 35, you have to realize that punctuality and professionalism along with transparency go a long way.
As a potential employer I see hundreds of resumes a year. As an educator I’ve made hundreds of phone calls and I have seen opportunities fall by the wayside because the people I was to interview or the person I was trying to help didn’t follow through with their end of the deal. They didn’t cancel properly or they cancelled when they could have made arrangements or have been proactive.
Everyone’s time is important….
Everyone has a schedule…..
Please realize that when you miss an appointment or blow off an interview (by text) hours before the final round, you are shooting yourself in the foot whether you know it or not. In business (especially in some cities) word gets around quickly. Professionalism is the key. Always follow through when you start something. You never know when the hiring manager, whose time you wasted, could end up being the new hiring manager at a different company down the road. They will remember you trust me. Sometimes a few thousand dollars has been spent on airfare, hotel accommodations, lunch etc. just for you.
Here are a few tips to help you in the process:
Follow through, make eye contact in person,
be prepared, have questions ready, don’t text or email disappointing news ( have the courage to call).
Send thank you cards… not emails or texts.
Be gracious always and know more about the company you are interviewing with than you possibly should or could!
I feel strongly that we don’t teach our kids interpersonal skills anymore. Again….not a knock on Millennials, but I am a school teacher and an employer so I understand both sides of the coin. The overwhelming majority of the Millennials that I work with or have worked with are great people, but most also have some issue with interpersonal professionalism.
It’s not all your fault… The business world in general should shoulder some of the blame. Schools are so focused on testing more than helping people evolve into their very best selves and most business’s want people with several years of experience who are 28 years old, which quite frankly is not possible but that’s what they expect.
So my unsolicited advice for you is to brush up on some of these if you want the business world to take you as seriously as you see yourself. There are older folks that struggle with this as well, but the majority of the people I see struggling with this are 25-35 years old.
Always, always, always, pick up the phone to accept or deliver important news. HR WILL check social media… I promise. I WILL check it as well as your employer as well. Dropping F-bombs, duck faces, spring break photos are not the greatest selling points. Please trust me if you really want that 60-100k job you think you are the most qualified for. So keep it clean and if you feel compelled to do crazy things on social media and other areas, don’t use your real name or email that you give to your potential employer and in all cases keep your face off of the page or social media as well.