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Seeking LTR

June 4, 2008 4:09 PM

For any of you online daters out there, it's not what you think! Seriously though. According to a 2008 Graduating Student Survey issued by NACE (the National Association of Colleges and Employers), new college graduates aren't most focused on money when it comes to a potential job or employer. No, it's not advancement either. As for their number one focal point? Job security. The study goes onto report that current grads are more conservative about jobs and employers than their Baby Boomer counterparts compared to a similar study conducted in 1982.

Let's think about it further: as a recruiter that's going to be a big aspect to highlight to potential candidates but as a candidate it seems only natural they're seeking security in today's turbulent economic climate. In essence they're seeking a long-term relationship.

A Mr. Right, not a Mr. Right Now.

Whether it's the overall package of a benefits and pension plan, job security, and room for growth without risking financial security, this seems almost refreshing. Millennials seem to be focused overall on job security which means if they're seeking a LTR, I'm thinking turnover would likely be low if they're looking for a mutually beneficial long-term relationship. Compared to previous generations like Gen Yers (a.k.a. job hoppers), okay yes I am stereotyping but after seeing thousands of resumes this is a typical trend - it seems we're simply a product of our generation. I usually remind my hiring partners of this fact when they're reviewing solid resumes wondering why someone hopped around every two to three years; it would seem almost abnormal if this generation didn't switch things up a bit.

So it's interesting (at least I think it's interesting anyway!) that there's a shift with Millennials. I really think we're a product of our generation, we're shaped by the spirit of the times. Considering there seems to be a cycle to a lot of things, college grads may be shifting towards a retro trend of employees who value longevity, stability, and recognize the overall package when they see one. Sounds like a good marriage to me.

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