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5 Myths About Millennials That Boomers and Gen Xers Need to Let Go

myths_millennialsAs part of our continuing series on generational issues in the workplace, my last post discussed Five Things Millennials Need to Know When Being Interviewed by a Baby Boomer.

Co-written with generational expert, Brad Szollose, today’s post explores and dispels some of the common – and counter-productive – myths that Baby Boomers and Generation Xers often have about Millennials.

Myth #1: Millennials are entitled, and have a bit of an attitude

One of the most common complaints Baby Boomer bosses have about Millennials is that they have a sense of entitlement, resulting in some part from a co-dependency with their “helicopter parents.” There are tons of (humorous, and even ludicrous) stories floating around online regarding Millennials bringing their parents along on job interviews, or having mom contact HR to negotiate a better benefits package. Boomers, can you imagine your parents coming to your office in your mid-twenties and making a scene like that?
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5 Things Millennials Need to Know When Being Interviewed by a Baby*

(*a response to Todd Cherches’ column; Five Things Millennials Need to Know When Being Interviewed By a Baby Boomer)

1. Babies can’t understand what you’re saying
You probably can’t understand their questions either. So it doesn’t matter what you say. The important thing is to smile. Every few seconds make a surprised look by opening your mouth wide and arching your eyebrows. Avoid blowing a raspberry on their belly; while fun, it constitutes harassment.
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Five Things Millennials Need to Know When Being Interviewed By a Baby Boomer

Millennials Baby BoomersOne of the hottest topics out there right now is the subject of generational differences in the workplace.

As discussed in my recent post entitled, “Spanning the Decades: Career Advice for Every Age and Every Stage,” four generations – Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Millennials/GenY – currently work together…leading to a variety of commonly-recognized workplace issues and complications.

One of the most common and challenging examples of this is when these different generations cross paths in the job interviewing process. So I am often asked by my clients and my students for tips on how to navigate this treacherous terrain.

But rather than taking on this daunting challenge all by myself, I decided to turn to one of the most prominent experts in the field of generational differences in the workplace: my friend, Brad Szollose, the author of “Liquid Leadership: From Woodstock to Wikipedia – Multigenerational Management Ideas That Are Changing the Way We Run Things.”

This post will be the first in a series of co-authored articles on this topic of interviewing across generational lines.

One note to keep in mind before we start: We never want to stereotype people based on their age or generational affiliation (as there are always exceptions to every rule). But, from personal experience and much recent industry research, there are certain trends and patterns that we find out there — and, thus, advice we can offer – that might help you to more successfully bridge the generational divide. And, as this is just two Baby Boomers talking, if you have any additional thoughts on the subject, we’d love to hear insights from ALL generations, so please feel free to dive into the discussion by contributing to the comments section below. With that said, here we go…

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Ice, Rice, or Mice? The Burden of Communication is On You – 6 Tips To Help You Communicate

miceglass.jpgMy Diet Coke had gotten warm, so I asked the waitress for “some more ice.” A few minutes later, instead of the ice, she brought me another bowl of white rice.

I said “more ice”; she heard “more rice.” So whose fault was it? (And good thing I didn’t say “some ice”…or I might have ended up with “some mice”!)

It happens all the time: We say something that is crystal clear in our own mind, and yet the person on the receiving end hears something completely different. The ice vs. rice mix-up was a relatively low-cost, low stakes mistake (and, I actually wanted some more white rice anyway), but what if the stakes were higher?    Read More →

Slow Down! Thinking Too Fast Could Ruin Your Job Interview

thinkerSo, you have a job interview or a big meeting coming up with the boss or an important client. You’ve done your homework and you’re prepared, primed, and pumped up. But have you thought about your thinking speed?

We all know that interviews and high-stakes meetings can be stressful, and when nerves flare up, our tendency is to think and talk too fast, leading to our blowing that meeting that we prepared so hard for.

In his now classic book “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” Daniel Kahneman takes a deep dive into how we think – and teaches us how we can think more effectively. According to Kahneman, one of the biggest problems is that we tend to think too fast.    Read More →

You’re Being Scouted! Five Tips To Make Sure You Are Poachable

It’s not your imagination, jobs are now hunting for you, not the other way around.

A newly released report from The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco says that, “Roughly three-quarters of job switchers did not report having looked for a new job,” and “workers who switched jobs seem to have been actively sought out and recruited by their new employers.”

This means that the bulk of new hiring isn’t coming from candidates applying to positions but rather companies scouting individuals through active recruiting and referring.

So what does this mean for you?    Read More →

15 Fascinating Books to Help You Become a Better Thinker in 2015

Books 2015 imageAmong the fastest-growing topics on business bookshelves these days are those that examine how we think, how we make decisions, why we make mistakes, how we learn, and how we lead.

These titles, which may be listed under the headings of social or behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, learning theory, or the increasingly popular title of “neuroleadership,” show us not only how we think, but also how we can start to think better.

Think about how many decisions you’ve already made today: What time to get up. Which toothpaste to use. What to wear. What to have for breakfast. How best to get to work. And what to do when you get there. From the minute we wake up, throughout the day, and until the second we fall asleep we are always thinking, whether we realize it or not.

But despite all that thinking, how often do we actually STOP to think about thinking? That’s what this year’s list is intended to help you do. Once you start thinking about HOW you think, it becomes pretty hard to stop. And with this heightened self-awareness, you will soon find yourself having greater insights, making better decisions, making fewer regrettable mistakes, and acting more efficiently, effectively, and confidently.    Read More →

Use Good UX to Land That Interview

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Here’s a holiday gift for you, by way of a tip: for the love of all that is sensible, please include your resume and cover letter when you apply for a job.

I don’t know if not doing so is unique to the LinkedIn platform, of which I’m generally a fan; or unique to a certain class of professional (designers, I’m talking to you). Regardless, here’s how it goes down from the hiring manager’s perspective:    Read More →

That Fantastic Jobs Report and What It Means for You

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The numbers are in from the Labor Department: employers added 321,000 jobs in November. This is the biggest one-month gain since January 2012, and it far exceeded analysts’ expectations, which was that payrolls would increase by 225,000. Not only that, but the jobs numbers for September and October got revised up by a total of 44,000.

So what should these glowing numbers mean for you?    Read More →

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