Date: 23 August 2018 No doubt that the topic of millennials and skills shortages have been trending over social media the past couple of months. Businesses are struggling to hire, meanwhile the career moves and development of millennials seems to be stagnant. Millennials are (often) prejudiced as the ‘lazy generation’ lacking soft skills. However, 70% of surveyed millennials actually want to start their own businesses. Leading to the younger generation being eager and more than ready to learn, develop and gain more knowledge in entrepreneurship. The role of the recruiter We can all agree that recruiters are hardworking people. Being keen to present their clients with the best talent, they continuously battle with the undeniable skills shortage in the current market. And with many doors of opportunities closed for the millennial generation, the role of the recruiter is becoming harder than it already is. However, recruiters do play a huge role when it comes to influencing their clients’ hiring decision. So can the following talking points help recruiters influence their clients to get millennials back on the front foot? Let’s talk open doors... · Talk about what millennials do have According to figures released, 65% of millennials believe that personal development is the most important factor when it comes to their career. In fact, 52% feel that employers offering career progression are more attractive. Believe it or not, millennials step into their career feeling motivated to learn and develop themselves. Ok, maybe, we still have a bit of work to do when it comes to acquiring soft skills. However, there are many great ways companies can benefit from hiring the younger generation. Typically millennials are well advanced in technical and digital skills, they additionally bring fresh ideas, new energy and a lot of excitement into the workplace. · Talk about your client’s work environment Essentially, millennials are seeking opportunities for personal development. Encouraging your clients to create an environment where youngsters can learn and grow is therefore a key factor. The millennial generation are seeking workplaces where they will be encouraged, motivated and inspired to make a difference. Let’s be honest, the ‘we have always done it this way’ mentality is dangerous and of little use to change friendly millennials. Business changes, the market changes and essentially your client’s work environment might have to change as well. So what kind of management structure does your client adopt at the moment? Are employees left to figure out things for themselves, or are they guided every step of the way? According to Business Insider, younger people have a desire to have managers or bosses who serve as coaches and people they can learn from. Working in an environment where only the boss is allowed to have a good idea, will not motivate millennials in the workplace. · Talk about training, development and mentoring By encouraging your clients to look into offering training, internships or apprenticeship schemes, millennials will be getting a fair opportunity in business. In addition to that, this will help develop their soft skills as they will be directly learning from a professional environment. Furthermore, clients can also look into offering communication, presentation, or any other skills training assessments as part of their induction programmes.