Dear Baby Boomer CEO,
I’m a Millennial. I am young, talented, eager, and driven to get my foot in the door. It seems many people in the workplace, including you, often think my generation is unprofessional, non-attentive, and unmotivated.
This portrayal could not be further from the truth.
Millennials love challenges. We live for the excitement of diving right in and sharing our ideas. Every job-related experience is new to us. You think we’re un-attentive? No. We just don’t like to be bored. Does that mean we’re bored working for you? No. It means we are seeking to change tasks within our job and keep it exciting. Take advantage of our desire to keep learning, doing, and succeeding in your workplace.
We are talented. We have the skills you’re looking for. Not only did we go to college, but we’re taking our education beyond the classroom. Millennials complete more volunteer work today than any other generation, says the Corporation for National and Community Service. Aside from volunteer work, millennials eagerly accept unpaid internship opportunities.
Do you know how well millennials can multitask? You may find our addiction to social media and technology annoying, but we’re productive. Judith Lindenberger, president of Lindenberger Group LLC, says that millennials can easily complete tasks, talk on the phone, communicate online, research, write, create, read, study, demonstrate, and teach information to others simultaneously. We use every bit of technology that has enveloped our lives. Think of how advantageous this skill can be to you and your company.
I’m not expecting you to give me a handout. I’m a creative professional who just happens to be young. I want to be a part of your company. Put me to work. I’ll prove to you what I can do. And so will the rest of my generation.
Editor’s Note: Mitch Kohl really is looking for a job. If you know any openings, send him a tweet.