By Amit Chauhan
With nearly half of college students and recent graduates feeling confident about their future job prospects, employers need to make it their goal to attract Millennial talent.
When college students search for their first job, they’re looking for positions that match their interests and skills. Unfortunately, Accenture claims 46 percent of 2012 and 2013 graduates feel they are underemployed. This is why employers need to offer opportunities that match what college students and recent graduates are looking for in their careers.
To help ambitious and talented college students find the first job of their dreams, here are five things to keep in mind when recruiting Millennial talent:
1. Offer employee training and mentorship.
According to Accenture, 80 percent of 2014 college graduates expect employers to provide formal training during their first job.
To ensure new professionals have a positive onboarding experience, give them the training and resources they need to be successful in their new positions. For example, provide each new employee with a mentor and a series of classes to transition them into their new position.
2. Use their passions and interests to their fullest potential.
The Millennial generation is filled with passionate professionals. In fact, 53 percent of Millennials desire a job where their talents and passions are used to their full potential, according to the 2014 Millennial Impact Report.
When hiring new professionals, be sure to choose candidates who display a genuine interest in and passion for your company. Once hired, give your Millennial employees projects that are best suited for their strengths and talents.
3. Give them the opportunity to make a difference.
In today’s workforce, Millennials want to accomplish more than adding another line to their resume or earning a raise. According to a Millennial Branding survey, 30 percent of Millennials say they want a job that provides meaningful work.
To attract Millennial talent, give them the opportunity to volunteer with an organization or host service days. Young professionals want give back to their communities through their jobs and make a positive difference in the workplace.
4. Provide flexibility.
Today’s workforce is quickly shifting to a new lifestyle for young professionals. Harris Interactive discovered that two out of five working adults would take a pay cut if it meant having a more flexible schedule.
If you truly want to reel in Millennial talent, provide them with perks such as flexible work schedules or the option to telecommute. In a new study released by Stanford, worker productivity increased by 13 percent when employees had the option to work from home.
5. Encourage creativity and innovation.
Millennials possess a strong entrepreneurial spirit and want to opportunity to use their creativity each day the workplace. According to the March Creative Jobs Report, four out of 10 respondents said they would quit their current job for a more creative career path.
How do you cater to the needs of Millennial job seekers?
Amit Chauhan is the CEO and co-founder of Recroup, an entry-level hiring platform that allows employers to find the right talent by getting to know the person behind the resume. Connect with Amit and the Recroup team on Twitter and LinkedIn.