A buzzword, pooling ideas, conversation to help gain new ideas, microvolunteering, a lot of opinions quickly, brainstorming, collaboration.
Whichever comes to mind first, many organizations and researchers are trying to find the best way to harness the power of the Millennial Generation’s tendency to want to collaborate, be in control, and use technology when doing so.
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Well… our chat tackled this issue of crowdsourcing our peers and here are 4 takeaways to not only crowdsource millennials correctly but to maintain your initiative’s intended direction.
- Take a look at how peer-to-peer fundraising platforms are set up
Many of the examples of resources given throughout the chat were online fundraising tools for people to set up a personal page a fundraise for a cause. (Firstgiving, StayClassy, BroadCause, GlobalGiving, JustCoz, etc.)
- Meet millennials in the middle.
Realize that we want to meet and get to know your company first before we just dive in and do what you tell us or come up with ideas for a new product you are designing. Feel out the crowds on Facebook & Twitter, maybe have a call out meeting on a Google+ hangout.
- Constraints, Examples, and Mentors.
Here is why you want to give your crowdsourced millennials constraints. Give us examples on how you want something done, and we will DEFINITELY put our own spin on it. Provide a few names and contact info of staff people, not just a volunteer coordinator or a social media director – give us your CEO’s email address or the program director’s direct phone number. This makes us feel more like an employee doing good work for you rather than just a plain old volunteer.
- Recognition and tracked success.
Everyone, not just millennials, want to know that the time they spent was useful. But ways of showing it are easier, so if you AREN’T displaying the direction – successes or failures – then we are wondering if we are really accomplishing anything for you at all. Find a way to display the initiative transparently and recognize those that have gone above and beyond just helping.
To get the entirety of yesterday’s chat, click here – http://sfy.co/PlS – for the transcript and others on our Storify account!
Letter from the Moderator: Thanks to everyone who joined the chat yesterday. Next Tuesday will be on OFF WEEK for Millennial Chat due to a heavy influx of Christmas gift requests. There will be NO CHAT on Tuesday, December 6th. HOWEVER, our chat on December 13th will include the first of a monthly series that will start occurring every 2nd Tuesday of the month, so be sure to stay tuned to our Twitter feed – @MillennialChat, Facebook page, and Google+ page.
The term ‘lack of experience’ can be so discouraging sometimes. Especially when you feel you are qualified, especially when you are only ONE YEAR under what is asked, and especially when all you want to do is earn the “BIG BUCKS”.
Everyone who joined our chat yesterday sent a resounding:
Suck it up. Get another internship, volunteer, find something else to help pay the bills, and keep building your portfolio.
Okay, we had a few other things said, and some very good tips on how to make the most out of your experience. We also had a unanimous YES when asked – “Have you ever applied to a job where you had well under the amount of experience asked for?”. So, go ahead and keep applying to the jobs you feel you qualify for but attack the job search in a smart way, knowing that you will need to eventually get some quality experience.
To read yesterday’s chat in its entirety, you can view the transcript here – http://bit.ly/t9gPQR.
Here are four takeaways from yesterday’s #millennialchat:
- Experience is valuable, which make higher quality experience even more valuable.
The consensus yesterday was to make your internship experience the best you can. Internships are a great way to gain experience while in school, a good time to learn what exactly you want to do after graduation, but don’t just clock in and clock out. If you create a quality path with your supervisor, you can explain to a potential employer why that 3 months of experience actually equals an entire year of work!
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- Brainstorm ways to promote ‘newness’ to your advantage.
A few examples from the crew of #millennialchat.ters – My newness shows my willingness to learn; Along with my willingness to learn me being new lets me bring a fresh perspective to your organization; My newness shows my ability to adapt and continue on past experiences, bringing new ideas to the table.
- Ask ‘how’ not ‘why’?
There is a lot of talk about #millennials being entitled, and this came up yesterday. We determined that because of #millennials’ newness and willingness to learn, we ask why a lot! But best practice may be to ask your supervisor – “How do we do this here?“ This starts the conversation as you asking your leader for advice, and then you can ask = “Have you ever tried X?“
- Just keep on truckin’
In many cases in the generations before us, you came out of college and had a clear career path to take to the top. Not so much so anymore. At the end of yesterday’s chat, we asked “Is experience overvalued?” and we came to the conclusion that it is NOT. However, with less direct career paths, #millennials need to gain experience any way we can and determine the best paths to take in order to move up.
If you want to read a good article from the New York Times talking
about volunteering and your resume, click here.
A good article about a Baby Boomer that has our back can be found here.
And, if you want to have a little fun and join the conversation on who the best #millennial era musician is, go to our FB page!
Have a great week! See you on Tuesday – 3:30pm EST!
A very lively chat yesterday shed some light on the future of how businesses will look once millennials start populating the Senior Administration positions.
A ‘millennial friendly’ organization will include versions of the following:
- flexible schedules for employees (with an emphasis on being able to work from home)
- integrating social media for employees, consumers, and supporters
- built-in paid time for volunteer opportunities
For a complete detailed look at the chat from yesterday, check out the transcript here -
What do YOU think a millennial friendly organization looks like? If you could change ONE thing about your organization right now to make it more millennial friendly what would it be?
You can also join in on the conversation on our Facebook page and make connections with chatters in our LinkedIn Group. If you have an idea for a chat topic or would like to submit a guest blog post check out the top right hand corner of our blog!
Yesterday’s chat was a good one! And if you are looking for a transcript take a look here -
The transcript shows the full details of all of the frustrations we were able to air out about the job search process but the greatest takeaway for those just starting a job search are the words of advice given from our well-accomplished #millennialchat.ters.
Here are tips & tricks as suggested by those at that chat:
One great way is find people in your field & ask to interview them. Find out what they look for so you can be noticed #millennialchat
A4: Customize everything every time. Resume. Cover Letter. Take the extra time and effort - it's worth it. #millennialchat
a4 Be tenacious. Don't just turn in an application, try and get an interview. If they don't call you, you call them. #millennialchat
A4: Government jobs are filtered/screened by computer. Use as many of the words in the job announcement in your resume. #MillennialChat
Know your audience. Use the web + social media to understand the company culture. That will help you craft resume + CL #millennialchat
What is YOUR biggest frustration with the job search?
What tip or trick would you give to someone just now starting the job search?
Join in on the extension of the chat from yesterday by commenting below or switching over to our FB page!