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Millennial Traits that Older Generations Can’t Stand

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by Kalie Souknary
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As our generation develops into our early adulthood years and starts seeking internships and careers, our parents continue to remind us of traditional advice that we always respond to in the same way: “I know.” You know what I’m talking about. Your dad texting you to dress appropriately, reminding you to be able to predict what an employer may ask, etc. Our generation may suck at dating and communicating with each other, but we sure do know how to get stuff done. And that’s what the older generations just can’t get a grasp on.

1.) We’re always ahead of the game.

Jobs go fast these days. Wait on a company to follow up on us? HA. You can count on us to call the company within the next two to five days. We live in a fast paced world and we won’t wait around for opportunities to find us. We’re going to hunt it down and conquer it. We already know you’re going to ask us what it means to be a leader, but instead of us telling you, just let us show you.

2.) We know how to stand out.

It’s no longer enough to have an impressive resume. You have to be charming, witty, quick on your feet, and of course presentable. Our generation brings it. We walk into every interview overdressed and ready to impress. Business casual? Okay, let me just throw on a dark pair of skinny jeans and a blazer over an adorable blouse paired with my business heels and young smile. Oh and with that let me just give you my resume that shows how experienced I am in all of these computer applications that you just can’t figure out, but are still required to train me on. Oh wait! You don’t have to. I already know them because they were all the useless crap I messed around with when my mom was threatening to shut down the Internet.

By the way, yes I do know HTML.

3.) We don’t settle.

Everything in our generation is fast paced. We don’t wait around for anyone and we are constantly looking for the next best thing. In some ways this can be a flaw, but when it comes to our career, this characteristic keeps us striving for success. Yeah we’re happy interning for your company, but this other company just offered me a full-time job with benefits. Why stick around for the next few months to see if you offer us full-time employment? The other company already recognizes our worth. If you can’t give us a reason to stay, consider us gone. After all, who was the generation that taught us that time is money?

4.) “No one gets left behind” is outdated.

Of course this doesn’t apply to war or family, but in the context of our success, you better keep up or get out of the way. Millennials believe in survival of the fittest. Yes, today there are jobs that didn’t exist ten years ago allowing us to have more job opportunities, but if you can’t adapt quickly, you won’t make it. Learn quickly, plan quickly, act quickly. Older generations are too nice to each other when looking for a job. Sure I’ll act like I care while I’m waiting for my interview, but as soon as I step into that room with the employer, you wanting to save for a new car doesn’t mean anything to me. I have rent to pay. Good luck, though.

5.) Things that never mattered before do now.

One thing I’ve noticed is that more companies now care about their employee’s personal life than before. You really care that I play 6 instruments? You actually want to read my blog? Wow, because my parents thought I was wasting my time. It’s important these days to have skills and hobbies that prove you’re not just some robot. That you’re an active human with real interests. You’d be surprised by how many companies are impressed by that.

This whole time our parents have seen us spend hours on the Internet soaking up useless information. They’ve seen us take up hobbies that make no sense to them. And somehow, some way, we continue to impress. So here’s to you, fellow Millennials. Continue to drink all night and be able to make that interview your playground in the morning because that’s what we do. WIN.

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    • Kalie Souknary on April 22, 2016

      I’m sorry you feel that way, but you aren’t brave enough to reveal yourself. So I can’t really give you a proper reply. Have a great day.

  1. Anonymous on May 11, 2016

    I work in the medical field with these young pouty brats. I can’t stand them! I am 55 and have never seen such self-absorbed, selfish behavior in my entire life. I often have these whiners pick and choose the medical treatments on patients they “want” to do and ignore those they don’t. Excuse me, a nurse does all things related to their job. Please quit and stay home with your Mommy and Daddy!

  2. Anonymous on April 29, 2019

    You know, these kind of comments kinda prove the author’s point. Also, let’s not ignore the differences between up-bringing and class from generational differences.

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