Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Unbridgeable Gaps?

The same conversation keeps on happening over and over again with my clients - lack of talent to hire. They can't find good, young, talented people who want to work hard and have the communication skills to be able to work.  There is a gap in the market. It  might be the entitlement that kids felts growing up wealthier before the recession/depression hit? Maybe they're thinking they don't need to work hard or maybe these workers have a different spin on what work looks like?  They also have huge problems communicating - looking you in the eye and using complete sentences.  I realize that there are always generational gaps but this gap seems to be vast and tougher to bridge. Could it be unbridgeable? 

My advice to anyone young and looking for a job:
  • You will work hard with long days and late nights before you make an impressive salary. You have to earn those six figure salaries. 
  • You will probably start working in a job that is lower than you originally expected. Learn from it. 
  • Try to use complete sentences when communicating - the texting should stop when you put your cell phone down. 
  • Find a mentor at work to help you understand the corporate culture and how to succeed.