Millennial Recruitment is Not About Free Lunches

Employee retention is always a hot button issue. Anyone in HR knows about Google, Facebook, Zappos, and other major brands that are legendary for offering a multitude of perks to their employees, perks that are intended to keep them happy and with the company for years to come. Many companies believe in order to attract candidates and maintain a high rate of retention they must follow the leader and provide free food, dry cleaning, bus rides, etc. This is especially true when it comes to millennial talent, as story after story paints them as fickle, disloyal, and unreliable professionals that need to constantly be given the latest and greatest to keep their attention.

Companies that believe they can win the retention battle with millennials solely by offering the latest and greatest perks are in for a rude awakening though. Recent studies have revealed that when it comes to attracting and retaining top millennial talent, HR directors need to focus more on matching motivations and giving their employees the tools to help them grow rather than a free lunch.

While it’s in vogue right now to pan millennials for their perceived entitlement or lack of work ethic, millennials aren’t all that difficult to manage if given the right tools and motivation. The millennial work force is the largest in US History, with nearly half of workers of the active US work force being defined as millennial by 2020. While they are often portrayed with an air of mystery, millennials deep down are just like any other generation; they ultimately want a career in which they can feel fulfilled, grow, and make an impact. Unlike previous generations though, what they value and define as fulfilled differs. A hefty paycheck, while valued, is not the sole motivating factor for millennials. The opportunity to grow and develop as a professional is now rated as a top concern, with millennials marking it as their third most important consideration when selecting a company to apply to and work for.

When considering a plan of how to retain employees, always keep growth in mind. Ultimately you goal is to help facilitate the success of your company by bringing in the right hires and retaining them as they develop as a professional. The best types of employees are the ones that want to be there and value their work as well as the company. Millennials especially desire to join and grow with a company that matches up their values, gives them transparent, honest, and direct feedback, and helps them develop as a professional. As many millennials are recent graduates this guidance and feedback is integral to not only their success but in the success of the company as well. Treat their growth as you would the growth of your company. At the end of the day their success is your success, and a well developed plan to foster transparency and growth with your new hires will pay dividends.


sean little Sean Little is the VP of Marketing for FirstJob matches current students and recent college graduates with internships and quality career opportunities. Sean also runs FirstJob’s campus ambassador program at campuses across the country, helping students learn marketing topics while connecting them with top brands and job opportunities. Post a job to through SmartRecruiters.

Related Reading:

  1. 6 Best Job Sites for Internship Search
  2. Offer a Full-time Position to Your Intern – Right Now!
  3. How to Master Interviewing Interns cc: Columbo
  4. How Millennials Can Thrive in Your Workplace
  5. Identifying the 10 Soft Skills of a Great Intern
Watch the product tour to see how our enterprise recruiting software can empower you to find, engage and hire great talent.
Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+
Sean Little VP Marketing,
More posts

Best Practices For Building An Effective, Compliant Background Check Policy

This is a guest post from our friends at GoodHire.

For many HR professionals, just getting a background check completed is enough. But the actual best practices around getting them are usually at the bottom of a professional’s priorities.

Ignoring best practices though, is an increasingly risky proposition. For one, it opens your company to legal risks, as violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act have become a trigger for lawsuits. Furthermore, background checks are often the last step in the hiring process, taking place just before onboarding starts. The last thing any employer wants is for mistakes in the background check process to delay a new hire or jeopardize the relationship in its early stages.

To stay safe, keep these best practices in mind as you implement or update an employment-screening policy in your company. read more…

The #HiringSuccess Tour is Coming to a City Near You

Learn how talent acquisition leaders are solving today’s biggest recruitment challenges

SmartRecruiters is touring the country, meeting with talent acquisition executives, identifying the challenges so many share, and demonstrating a breakthrough TA solution to help overcome today’s biggest hiring obstacles. Join us this fall for a complimentary cocktail reception and surround yourself with fellow talent acquisition leaders in your area.

The SmartRecruiters #HiringSuccess Tour has been a big hit in Atlanta and Dallas, drawing TA executives from major companies for useful discussions about overcoming the barriers to success such as:

  • Getting the right answers and analytics to improve hiring processes
  • How to incorporate sourcing tools naturally into the hiring process
  • How to seamlessly collaborate and communicate with hiring managers

You will also have the opportunity to see firsthand how the SmartRecruiters Talent Acquisition Platform is helping companies like IBM, Skechers, AOL and General Mills achieve #HiringSuccess by enabling them to hire better talent faster and more efficiently than ever before. You’ll learn why these companies are retiring their antiquated ATSs now that their new TA Platform is solving their recruiting pain points.

We look forward to meeting you there!

San Francisco
Tuesday, September 22 , 2015
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Cigar Bar and Grill

Washington DC
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Elephant & Castle

Chicago, IL
Thursday, September 24, 2015
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Farmhouse Tavern

Don’t Make These 5 Recruiting Mistakes

If you want to observe a whine-fest of employers complaining about nothing, just Google the term “talent shortage” and scan some of the two million-plus search results.

Of course you would think there’s a talent shortage when you design impossible jobs that also pay peanuts, write delusional job specs and expect the world to beat a path to your door! read more…