Brutal truths that all job-hunting millennials need to hear

Millennials aren’t just looking for jobs; they want the best jobs. Jobs that make them happy pay very well and have an impact on the world out there. But the sad reality is that these “career goals” are built on personal habits, and have very little to do with your employer. Here’s a look at some of the brutal truths that all millennial job seekers need to get to grips with:

 

Your resume might not be worth much

Most employers hire candidates that come highly recommended. They also tend to prefer talent with which they are acquainted. In order to land your dream job, you’ll need to put yourself out there, network and make real connections with people.

 

The idea of “selling” yourself is a very real thing

Most millennials are brilliant at the game of personal branding, and it’s something you can use to land a great job. By setting up a brand for yourself, you’ll be able to navigate the competition out there, which will help you stand out from the crowd. Your experiences and skill set is essentially the “product” you need to present to potential employers.

 

Your online presence isn’t just for friends

Hiring managers DO look at your online profiles, and they will scrutinise every detail of your online persona. For PR staff, social media is one of the best ways to get to know candidates before actually meeting them face-to-face. Keep that in mind next time you feel like posting radical updates on your Facebook timeline.

 

You’ll get the salary you asked (and worked) for

We’ve all complained about our salaries, but you are the only one that can really determine your true value. Sure, employers want to pay as little as possible for the best performance, but if you want a raise, ask for it!

 

Millennials don’t own the world

Most millennials grew up thinking that anything is possible. Some of them think that the world owes them a nice life and a great job. Ever found yourself thinking that you’ll definitely get that job just because you have a degree? The truth is that you’ll have to work very hard for what you want in life. The world doesn’t owe you anything; in fact, you owe it to yourself to not only survive in the working world but to thrive!

 

After reading through these truths, perhaps it’s time you started looking for a job that matches your realistic career goals. Head over to Adzuna’s listing now and start browsing over 140,000 online vacancies across South Africa!

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