Now that the economy is beginning its slow uphill climb, boomers are beginning to think about retirement and the cycle of hiring entry-level talent is beginning again. Yet, a lot has changed in these past months and as any hiring manager can attest to, the Millennial Generation is like no other.

Three key factors make for major differences between the Millennial Generation and their predecessors when it comes to engagement and retention.

• Technology
- the Millennial Generation has grown up with technology and its members are referred to as “digital natives”. This skill is advantageous because they are able to integrate technology into all aspects of their work. This factor also creates a generation gap between more experienced individuals who are not as familiar with technology. The technology landscape has also changed the way individuals interact with one another. The Millennial Generation prefers communication over email, text, or social networks, whereas others prefer face-to-face interaction.
• Parents- Parents of Millennials are often called “helicopter parents”, thanks in part to their constant hovering and super-involvement in their children’s lives. Never before have parents played such a big role in all aspects of their children’s lives and these parents don’t just float away when their children head into the workforce. Hiring managers are reporting some parents are going so far as to accompany their children to interviews and call companies to inquire about the status of their children’s resumes.
• Higher Education-Millennials are graduating from college with more knowledge than any generation before them. They have been told that they are invaluable to the companies that seek them. While they will bring a new breadth of knowledge to your workforce, there is one key aspect they have not been schooled on: how to behave in a professional environment with both superiors and peer—what behavior is appropriate and what should be left on campus?

To aid hiring managers in the process of engaging and retaining millennial talent, Intern Bridge, the internship research and consulting firm responsible for the nation’s largest annual internship research project brings you the Millennial Thought Leaders Online Conference, taking place October 26-30. This conference will address all three of the factors addressed above, and many more, and is a unique opportunity to engage in a nationwide program of best practices for engaging today’s entry-level talent.

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Comment by Richard Bottner on September 29, 2009 at 9:56pm
Thanks for the great feedback Oscar, the Millennial generation is definitely a new breed of employees, it will be interesting to see if and how the workforce changes over the next few years to accommodate the Millennials. Being that you are a talent assessment firm, have you looked into attending the Millennial Thought Leaders Online Conference? I think you and your co-workers would really enjoy the insight and discussion that will take place.


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