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5 Positive Traits Millennials Should Highlight while Job Seeking


If you were born between 1982 and 2004, you are considered a 'millennial'. Millennials tend to get a lot of negative comments made about them, such as the assumption that they are selfish and arrogant. However, employers are finding out that this is not necessarily true. You have a lot to offer in the work place. Below are 5 character traits millennials possess that are considered desirable by most hiring managers:

1. Adventure Seeker

Older generations tend to like things to stay the same and have a more difficult time with change. Millennials seem to want to see the world – to experience new cultures, adventures and people. This makes you adaptable and able to fit in in new environments, which is highly beneficial.

2. Team Player

The education of a millennial is likely more rigorous than previous generations. As a result, even the most introverted of them have learned how to work with a group effectively.

3. Tech Savvy

While some job seekers of the older generations may say that technology is taking over the world, millennials say "Let's do this"! They have an enormous amount of tech knowledge, making them able to easily keep up with today's ever-changing world of technology.

4. Fearless Innovator

This generation generally lacks the fear that others face and are not afraid to tap into their adventurous side and try new things. They are willing to take risks and think outside the box.

5. Natural Problem Solver

Being fearless innovators makes millennials natural problem solvers. They face obstacles head on and want to find solutions to them rather than avoiding them.

Millennials are seriously motivated. They see a goal they want to attain and then move forward with confidence. And they use all of the above traits to help make it happen.

If you are a millennial and looking for a job, leverage these character traits in your CV / résumé and during interviews. Hiring managers are realising more and more that millennials are a natural fit for most work environments and can even teach their older – Generation X and beyond – employees a few new tricks!

Contribution by Jill Jassmann-Sharlock.

Jill is an IMPACT Group Global Research Specialist who focuses on the unique information needs of global transferees. She also serves as IMPACT Group's Global myIMPACT Specialist, managing content for our global client-facing website.


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