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Generation Alien: the disconnect between employers and young workers

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HC Online | 30 Apr 2013, 12:00 AM Agree 0
Obscure processes, lengthy hiring times and a total lack of feedback is frustrating and disillusioning young workers, making them less likely to seek and find employment.
  • Kim | 30 Apr 2013, 08:39 PM Agree 0
    I don't think this is any different from when I was a kid. There were way more people than there were jobs back then and the only way we could get experience was to do Volunteer work or offer to work for free for a period (which the Unions didn't like of course).

    I think the only difference is that the current generation of new entries into the market can't recall a time where it has ever been like this. They watched their older brothers and sisters start their careers with bargaining power and think that's normal. Having said that it probably is the new norm for what will be the rest of my working life and this is just a little "dry spot". Now the Super funds are starting to recover, the exodus of Baby Boomers will begin and things will return to what it was like in 2007.

    They will soon forget how difficult it was to enter the workforce as employers (particularly in Western Australia) return to pulse-checking and right to work as the primary selection tools...
  • HR Observer | 01 May 2013, 08:45 AM Agree 0
    It's not just younger workers! Older workers, too, are so over the complete lack of common courtesy shown by many recruiters and HR officers. And we're tired of being told that it's "too hard" when a company receives so many applications for a role that they simply can't be expected to respond to everyone. It's downright rude and absolutely unacceptable.
  • Malcolm King | 01 May 2013, 08:28 PM Agree 0
    If I was 20 and looking for a job today, I'd completely bypass the recruiter and use Linkedin to get to the employer/MD.
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