7 keys to recruiting tech millennials

7 keys to recruiting tech millennials

7 keys to recruiting tech millennials

Millenials.... those born between 1980 and 2000. In other words, by the end of 2020 we are lumping together those who have just turned 40 and those who have just turned 20.

And do they have anything in common? Clearly yes: they were born into a world that was already digital. But in the 20 years between the first millennials and the last ones, the way of life and the expectations regarding the working environment have also changed a lot.

The first millennials, aged 30-40, still perceive the workplace as something to be earned and cared for. However, with 20-29 year olds the perception of work is almost as a right and they agree to work for you, the company. You have to win the love of the young millennial to keep them in the job. They know that they often have technological skills that baby-boomers do not have as naturally, and they feel desired and therefore powerful.

This is a very important change for companies, because until now they were the ones desired by potential employees, and not the other way around.

So, what are these 7 points to remember?

  • The 20-30 year old millennial feels free with regard to the company. They are not infatuated but sceptical. You really have to make them fall in love in order to keep them.
  • They are very competitive, everything is a game for them, so they need to be constantly challenged.
  • They are not just looking for money. They want an interesting work experience, and interesting projects, and lots of changes.
  • Comparisons of their situation with their ideal are constant. They always aspire to the best.
  • The effort is something they can afford if the reward is interesting enough for them. If not, they wait for the next opportunity, they believe it will come to them right away.
  • The company does not interview them: they interview the company, to see if it is worth their time. They want to be proud of where they work, and to be able to tell about it. 
  • They are constantly looking for recognition for their achievements, even the day-to-day ones for doing their job.