October 4, 2016    |    By

As a Millennial seeking a job in today’s market, you need to remain competitive.

You have multiple generations vying for the same position, and some with extraordinary skills.

Regardless if you have past work experience or even a college degree, there are personal and professional skills you need to perfect if you want to have an edge up on the competition.

Governing.com estimates 29 percent of California’s population consists of Millennials. Considering the sheer size of the state and its own total population, that is a big number of competing job seekers.

It also doesn’t help that several Northern California cities ranked in the Top 25 best cities for Millennials by Forbes; attracting even more competition over the past few years.

What Skills Should A Millennial Jobseeker Work On?

1. Communication: Not Just Via Text Messaging

Millennials are experts at tech-related communication, but employers want to see face-to-face communications too.

During the interview, you should be able to give an adequate answer, present yourself professionally, and use clear, logical explanations for your replies.

Your cover letter should be well written and free from errors. The text itself should flow well, and not read as though it was slapped together haphazardly. After all, Millennials have a reputation for short attention spans, and you do not want that to show in your cover letter.

In fact, Millennials, according to repsly, the Average Millennial’s Attention Span—Shorter Than Your Goldfish’s.

2. Be Consistent With Your Worth Ethic

You want to create a stable image for yourself. Whether you already have a job, or you are looking for one, you need employers to see you as reliable.

When you are an employee that employers can depend on, you will feel more accomplished, and you may even gain independence at work.

How do you become more dependable or show an employer that you are a reliable choice?

WikiHow suggests:

  • Show a history of excellent employer and colleague references.
  • Use examples that prove your dependability, such as meeting deadlines, turning in work ahead of time, or being assigned more projects because of your dependability.
  • Bonuses or awards that you received at past jobs for your dependability.

In a 2014 CareerBuilder survey of potential employers, it was discovered that 73 percent want candidates with a strong work ethic. That is a vast majority of employers; so focus on your own dependability factor before your next interview.

3. Self-Sufficiency: Run Your Own Projects

Can you do projects without a manager standing over your shoulder?

Employers want employees that are self-sufficient. According to a 2014 study by CareerBuilder, self-sufficiency is one of the top ten traits employers want from potential candidates. In fact, 66 percent said they preferred self-motivated employees.

With the competition in the workforce heating up in Northern California, you cannot be an employee that has to be micromanaged each minute of the day.

4. Be Cautious With Your Actions

According to an article by Nicole Fallen Taylor at Business News Daily, employers also want candidates that are careful with their decisions.

They seek these cautious employees to counteract those risk-takers they have already hired. While Millennials are typically risk-taking, you may want to work on being more cautious.

That means thinking ahead before taking action, doing research, and always thinking about stability.

5. Humility: Don’t Be A Know-It-All

You may know a lot, you may even be well read, but you do not need to act like a know-it-all.

Listen to employers as much as you can, and never interrupt. Never come off as if you are entitled either. While confidence is a great feature, employers do not want a candidate that acts as though they are doing them a favor by interviewing and applying for the position.

Instead, you should be eager and interested in the company. You should want to learn from superiors and be excited for the opportunities.

Start Working On Your Millennial Skills Today

Whether you are deep in the job search, or you are in your career, there is no harm in working on your essential skills as a Millennial.

The job you have today may not be the job of your future; therefore, it is best to work on these skills so that you are prepared for your next interview.


Make a great first impression at your next job interview.

This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is created between the author and reader of this blog post, and its content should not be relied upon as legal advice. Readers are urged to consult legal counsel when seeking legal advice.