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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tips for Recruiting Millennials

How can managers in the field ensure that they’re sending the right message to potential Millennial employees?

It’s not as hard as you would think, below are a few easy and actionable steps to attract the right candidate.

Attracting Candidates

 Here are some useful tips for attracting candidates before the interview even starts:

  • Post job opportunities on your website – job search systems like, and are an important part of your recruitment strategy.  Your company website will create one of the first impressions for potential employees and is an essential part of recruitment.
  • Share your organizations’ vision as well as the causes and values you stand for – Millennials were raised to be community and team orientated.  They are attracted to employers that can show the connection between their job and the bigger picture.
  • Leverage omnichannel communications – Engage potential recruits through multiple digital channels including Instagram, YouTube and text message. Plan on responding authentically and quickly to these folks.
  • Start the search within – Millennials are team-orientated and highly social.  Consider recruiting candidates through existing employees and through their friends.

The Interview

Once you’ve pre-qualified a candidate and are ready to invite them in for an interview and remember they are looking for the following:

  • Millennials are big team players – introduce the candidate to their “team” and their “coach” in the interview process.
  • Emphasize safety and provide institutional support systems – ensure that incoming Millennial employees and their parents know that safety is a top concern and promote a culture of transparency by offering easy access to safety records.
  • Prioritize work-life balance – With 24/7 connectivity increasingly blurring the boundaries between work and home, maintaining work-life balance is top of mind for Millennials.  Be open to flexible schedules such as 4 day work weeks or sabbaticals during slower seasons.

Starting on the Job

The workplace offers plenty of opportunities to leverage Millennials’ team ethic.  To get the most of this generation, keep in mind the following:

  • Immersive onboarding is effective – design immersive, multi-day orientations that allow new hires to bond with their co-workers. 
  • Set clear goals – managers who set clear, frequent short-term goals will set Millennials up for success. 
  • Be open to flexibility and prepare your supervisors for the changing workforce.

Contributions for this article came from Christine Webb of the Horton Group and from Warren Wright’s white paper – The Hourly Millennial

Material posted on this website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a legal opinion or medical advice. Contact your legal representative or medical professional for information specific to your legal or medical needs.

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