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What millennials want in a job, and why we hop around so much

Research by LinkedIn indicates what millennials look for in a job, as well as why they are prone to switch jobs often.

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Generation millennial

Recently, millennials have become notorious for “job hopping.” According to a study done by LinkedIn examining workers under 32, the number of jobs a person has within the first five years after graduation has almost doubled in the last 20 years.

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Following this research, LinkedIn has released a graphic including newfound data on millennials in the work force, according to their LinkedIn profiles. The data made sure to note that millennials, people born between 1980 and the mid 2000s, are the largest and most diverse generation in the world.

Welcome to earth, here’s a computer

This generation was introduced to technology around the time that they took their first steps. Computer classes took the place of home economics in high school, which created the idea that these individuals are the most tech-savvy.

According to the data, 87 million of the two billion millennials in the world operate a LinkedIn profile. This makes up 38 percent of the website’s user base.

What millennials want

Eleven million of these users are classified as global decision makers. This accounts for 12 percent of millennials, while the top listed job is “salesperson” (more than 2.7 million).

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Arguably, the most important findings in this examination are the top three items millennials look for in a job. These include: advancement opportunities at 67 percent, better pay at 60 percent, and challenging work at 51 percent.

Millennials hold the cards of influence

The top jobs listed for millennials include: salesperson, software developer, administrative employee, marketing specialist, student/intern, project manager, consultant, research/ graduate assistant, business owner, university professor/lecturer, and accountant.

What LinkedIn found is that millennials carry heavy influence in the economy. Their purchasing power consists of $1 trillion annually. Having a strong connection to hand-held devices and technology give millennials the power to influence purchase decisions, each other, and be influenced.

What engages millennials

An additional infographic shows the top pieces of content that millennials engage with on the website. LinkedIn has dubbed this “the millennial movement.”

The content topics that are most likely to engage millennials include: recruiting, social media marketing, employee engagement, recruiters, self-esteem, European Union, integrated marketing, venture capital, marketing, and lean manufacturing.

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A millennial’s opinion

But, as we touched on earlier, millennials are notorious for moving from job to job. LinkedIn’s reasoning for this is that 21 percent of millennial users stated that they wanted to try a new industry.

Because of this, recruiters are urged to consider people outside of the industry for a position, as they may have an interest and skills.

Another reason for job-hopping to consider is the changing of industries, particularly with technology. Many millennials head into startup based companies for various reasons.

With this, there may only be a certain level they can reach before they have accomplished all they can with that company. As a result, they often seek out different opportunities that will offer more responsibility and greater challenges.

Based on millennial-inspired articles, and being part of the generation myself, millennials enjoy the idea of ever-expanding creativity. They do not like to rest on their laurels, and enjoy testing new waters.

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Staff Writer, Taylor Leddin is a publicist and freelance writer for a number of national outlets. She was featured on Thrive Global as a successful woman in journalism, and is the editor-in-chief of The Tidbit. Taylor resides in Chicago and has a Bachelor in Communication Studies from Illinois State University.

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