How Do You Recruit a Millennial

I was at a conference recently and I heard kind of an alarming statistic — the largest demographic leaving our state (that’s New Jersey) to go work in other states are millennials. The future of the workforce doesn’t want to stick around our area! That’s a problem.

Today’s special guest has keen insight on how to reach younger generations and encourage them to stick around for business opportunities. Joining me is Alissa Carpenter, millennial workforce expert and leadership trainer. Alissa is the founder of Everything’s Not OK and That’s OK, a company that creates and administers professional development workshops and helps organizations enhance leadership, teamwork, interpersonal skills among employees. She has a special focus on the millennial workforce.

Tune in as Alissa helps me unpack why millennials choose to work in certain areas or for certain companies over others, plus explains ways your business can recruit young talent.

In This Episode

  • Why businesses aren’t keeping pace with education when it comes to innovation
  • What companies need to better understand about the millennial workforce
  • How millennials compare to Gen Z at work
  • Ways top companies are supporting millennial workers
  • How building relationships on social media can bolster your business

Quotes in This Episode

“What’s taught in school isn’t necessarily productively applied in the workplace. We can read about theory, we can read about change management, organizational dynamics, but really experiencing it is different.” —Alissa Carpenter

“[Millennials] really want to know that there’s opportunity to move around for advancement or really gain that new skill set. “ —Alissa Carpenter

“It’s sometimes really hard to step back and look at your people, and try to grow your people, but your people make your organization what it is. It’s so important to often reflect on how are your people? Are they happy in the organization? What can I do to help them grow so we can be more successful?” —Alissa Carpenter

“[Owning a business] is a rollercoaster of emotions. It’s crazy sometimes because every business ebbs and flows. I’ll get a ton of requests, and the next week I won’t get anything. That’s a challenge for somebody who wouldn’t necessarily consider themselves a risk-taker because it’s not stable.” —Alissa Carpenter

“We overlook our successes sometimes, big or small, and don’t take the chance to celebrate them and really be grateful for them and reflect on them. We’ve already moved on to the next thing.” —Alissa Carpenter


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