Millennials Do Not Have New Job Rules

I am always weary of articles that are clearly trying to make the argument that today is different than 5, 10 or even 20 years ago with regards to almost anything except technology.  Until I started writing this post I hadn’t realized how many times I have written/bitched about the topic:

There are No New Job Hunting Rules

Just like there are no new retirement rules there are no new job hunting rules.  There is just the reminder that the rules that existed should not be forgotten.  The following list is from Forbes and it is titled, 20 Job Rules for Millennials:

  1. Keep Working – at something
  2. Don’t hide in graduate school
  3. Make Your Cover Letter Sparkle
  4. Network, Network, Network
  5. Do what you love
  6. Go back to College for employment help
  7. Use the Social Network
  8. Suit Up
  9. Volunteer
  10. Don’t discount the informational interview
  11. Always follow up
  12. Apply early and often, but not everywhere
  13. Use Craigslist
  14. Never stop learning
  15. Use the military option
  16. Pay your bills
  17. Get a roommate
  18. Don’t give up
  19. See a professional
  20. Save for your retirement

I feel like the list was made after they found 20 pictures they wanted to use.  I mean what does getting a roommate have to do with finding a job? or saving for retirement? Isn’t 4 and 7 the exact same? Numbers 6 and 19 also seem very close.  I guess 16 rules doesn’t have the same ring.

It isn’t that the list is that terrible it is that these “rules” should be known! Actually, I’d be scared for someone if they didn’t know networking was important (4 and 7).

7 Responses to Millennials Do Not Have New Job Rules

  1. I agree! There were good books written a long time ago that are still effective to help you. For example, “Dress for Success” written by John T. Malloy is still good today. It has been updated, but the concept has not changed.

    • Never read an employment book since I have always hopped job to job, but I agree with you that the basics couldn’t have changed all that much.

  2. Agree here evan – there’s not really much that’s changed wholesale like they want people to believe. I still think that finding a job takes work and some things have made it easier for certain fields (like linked in) but job rules still havent changed.

    • That is actually why I am so shocked there is backlash about the movement away from telecommuting. Yeah it may be easier but there is something to be said about being in one place with others that have the same goal as you.

  3. The Social Networking thing could be an entire article that’s actually useful. Use LinkedIn.com isn’t good enough for a tip. A guide to use it appropriately would be a heck of a lot better. And not the brain dead DUH kind of guide with useful tips for people who have no brain cells like…

    “Make connections with people you actually know”
    “Put your past work experiences on there”
    “Get recommendations from people you worked with in the past and present”

    WOW! PURE GENIUS!

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