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Is your company culture millennial friendly?

While millennials might get something of a bad rep in the press, pegged as slackers with an inability to self-manage, make no mistake, the tech-savvy generation, born in roughly the decade after 1983, are the future of the global workforce. In fact, research from Manpower Group has revealed that by 2020, millennials will make up 35% of the workforce. With Generation Z predicted to make up 24%, it looks like the younger demographic will equate to more than half the entire workforce population.

Forward-thinking businesses will have already made the connection – in order to stay on top of their game in the future, they will need to attract and retain millennial talent. But is your company culture millennial-friendly enough to achieve this goal?

What do millennials want?

Research from SurveyMonkey earlier this year revealed that innovative tech companies such as Microsoft, Google and HP are some of the most popular places of employment...

While millennials might get something of a bad rep in the press, pegged as slackers with an inability to self-manage, make no mistake, the tech-savvy generation, born in roughly the decade after 1983, are the future of the global workforce. In fact, research from Manpower Group has revealed that by 2020, millennials will make up 35% of the workforce. With Generation Z predicted to make up 24%, it looks like the younger demographic will equate to more than half the entire workforce...

A kinder philosophy of success

Now, most of us are familiar with the Sunday night blues. The kind that comes with the sunset and brings with it questions like: “what am I doing with my life?” and “will I ever live the life I have envisioned for myself?” These questions are not new, nor are they unique to the individual – they are wholly universal.

While this thought should bring us comfort in knowing that we’re not alone, it does beg the question: why do so many of us feel this way? This week during my internet wanderings, I came across a TED Talk by Alain de Botton titled ‘A kinder, gentler philosophy of success’ that attempted to answer this.  

The age of envy

Botton argues that part of this unhappiness comes from the fact we are “surrounded by snobs.” We may have mostly discarded our attachment to patronage and...

Now, most of us are familiar with the Sunday night blues. The kind that comes with the sunset and brings with it questions like: “what am I doing with my life?” and “will I ever live the life I have envisioned for myself?” These questions are not new, nor are they unique to the individual – they are wholly universal.

While this thought should bring us comfort in knowing that we’re not alone, it does beg the question: why do so many of us feel this way? This week during my...

Recruiter who has conducted 5000 job interviews explains what catches his eye

What makes the perfect candidate? It’s different for every vacancy and recruiter, but there is always that little je ne sais quoi that makes some applicants stand out from the pack. It could be as simple as temperament or distinct as a set of skills, but occasionally there are small acts that candidates can complete that are sure to cement them in their interviewer’s mind.

For PwC’s US talent acquisition lead, Rod Adams, there is a clear strategy that he finds works every time. Now, Adams has interviewed a lot of people – more than 5,000, in fact – and while lots of them followed up with hand-written thank you notes or emails, many faltered at the final hurdle by failing to demonstrate their listening skills. 

Speaking to Business Insider, Rod commented: “When the follow-up is personal, that’s when it stands out.” And it doesn’t have to be a really personal note at that, but rather one that shows that they “picked up...

What makes the perfect candidate? It’s different for every vacancy and recruiter, but there is always that little je ne sais quoi that makes some applicants stand out from the pack. It could be as simple as temperament or distinct as a set of skills, but occasionally there are small acts that candidates can complete that are sure to cement them in their interviewer’s mind.

For PwC’s US talent acquisition lead, Rod Adams, there is a clear strategy that he finds works every...

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