Will social media prevent a millennial from getting a job?

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  • Red Tree Orem, UT
    June 29, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    Millennials have a lot of great qualities that can often be focused on as negative attributes when first looking at them, as the Young Entrepreneurial Council statistics in this article show. This younger generation has an entirely different set of skills than the generations before them, and managers of Millennials can find out what matters to these twenty-somethings and find out how to motivate them. The company I work for is studying the challenges managers face with the younger generation.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    June 29, 2012 6:47 a.m.

    It used to be that companies would run "Google searches" on applicants to check out their histories and reputations online. Today, companies are using Facebook to evaluate potential hires -- likes, topics they discuss (including bad mouthing previous employers), silly or embarrassing pictures, etc., are all on the table now. Some companies are even asking applicants to be "friended" so that they can personally check out social media pages. Applicants, desparate for jobs, end up doing so.

    The bottom line is that anything you post online is considered "public information," even if it is password-protected. Given the archiving and loose/faulty privacy mechanisms on Facebook where company IT departments find ways to override, the fad of social media is destined to haunt people for their lifetimes.

  • AmPatriot Taylorsville, UT
    June 29, 2012 5:26 a.m.

    I think business managers are justified with their concerns because the new generations don't have the capacity to endure long term ethical job performance. They may say they wouldn't use or spend working hours on socializing but the facts say different. From observations, the young don't have the capacity to cope with stress do a job to completion so they have many jobs as work in progress with none of them being completed or marginally complete with all kinds of excuses why its not done.

    So called techno geeks never finish what they start, not even in what they read. Every obstacle is more that their attention span can tolerate. Every time an obstacle is met, the young revert to the security of their imaginary lives in the cyber world.