With 73 million living in the US, millennials are already the largest segment in the workplace. Plus, they may be 75 percent of the workforce by 2030, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This generation is starkly different from the generations that came before them, but don't deny the ambition of the millennial job hunter. According to a Gallup report on the millennial generation, 21 percent of millennials changed jobs within the past year--a stunning figure that is more than three times the number of non-millennials who have changed jobs in the last year. Not only that, but only 50 percent of millennials plan to be working at their company a year from now.
Long story short, a lot of millennials are looking for new jobs.
Yet, despite this ambition, landing that dream job may be thwarted by a simple thing that is completely avoidable:
In these days when many job seekers are focused on social media to the exclusion of most everything else, millennials have to pay particularly close attention to the résumés they are submitting to recruiters. Here are 3 of the worst mistakes millennials consistently make on their résumés.
1. Having outdated and unprofessional information.
Millennials have been online for much of their lives and were introduced to a version of the Internet that is much different from the online experience we know now. However, using an email address from an old, outdated email service (Hotmail, AOL, etc.) will make you look unprofessional and not savvy with tech. In addition to updating your email address, make sure all the information in your résumé is current and up to date, and that your social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.) reflect the kind of person a recruiter would want to hire.
2. Using a template that is "too much."
The idea of a brightly colored and incredibly distinct template is a nice one, but the reality is sometimes these kinds of templates will do you more harm than good. A standard résumé will be easier on the eyes of hiring recruiters, who naturally prefer easy-to-find-and-digest information on job seekers. Keep in mind that an increasing number of companies are using software-based systems to assess resumes--scanning for certain keywords and other information. If the template you've chosen is incompatible with these systems, your chances of getting a callback are slim to nil.
3. Leaving out the basics.
Yes, hiring managers would love to hear about your unique achievements, past accomplishments, and world travels. But they also want to know that you can at least execute the most basic tasks required by the job. Be sure that your résumé reflects that you are proficient in the basic tasks spelled out in the job listing, making it easy for recruiters to see that you meet the minimum requirements of the position. Everything you include beyond those basics is the icing on the cake.
Regardless of whether or not you're a millennial, be sure to avoid these simple résumé mistakes. You want to be sure that your résumé stands out from the crowd for all the right reasons--not the wrong ones.