Employers Don’t Think Much of Millennials’ Work Ethic

If you didn’t get the job you applied for, it may be because you’re at fault.


Want a job? Don’t blow off a job interview.

That may sound like common sense if you’re looking for a job. But, according to The Associated Press, it’s one of several complaints employers have about job applicants, particularly millennial job seekers, and it’s leading bosses to an unfortunate conclusion:

The job applicant pool is full of unskilled, unreliable slackers. Many of the complaints are about younger workers, but human resources consultants say it’s an issue across the age spectrum and pay scale.

Brian Schutt, owner of Homesense Heating in Indianapolis, said young people (ages 25 and under) have a different work ethic. “They just want to play and have fun and smoke,” Schutt told AP.

Schutt’s beliefs about the millennial generation and its work ethic (or lack thereof) are shared by a large number of employers across the country. In a 2013 survey of 1,200 employers by St. Louis Community College, more than 56 percent cited potential employees’ work ethic as a major issue, the AP said.

According to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Joel Daas, a manager at staffing agency Manpower Inc. in Texas, said young applicants’ attire can also pose a problem.

“The most common faux pas are flip-flops, wearing hats backward or baggy pants,” Daas said. “They think when they come to us that they don’t need to dress appropriately because we’re a job agency and not the actual employer.”

Although bosses point their finger at young job applicants for their difficulty filling job openings, job seekers tell a different story, AP says.

Employers may be partly to blame for applicants’ uncaring attitudes, says James McCoy, a vice president at the staffing company Manpower. Many human resources or hiring managers never acknowledge applications. Candidates are following their example, McCoy says.

Three-quarters of candidates surveyed last year said they never heard back from an employer after applying for a position, according to job search company CareerBuilder. Sixty percent said they went on interviews but weren’t informed afterward they hadn’t gotten the job.

Are you a millennial job seeker or an employer with experience hiring millennial employees? Share your thoughts below or on our Facebook page.

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