Getting Hired: The Challenge for Millennials

We have all seen news stories telling of high unemployment among people reaching working age since the year 2000. These young people have been given the tag “millennials”. Is this high unemployment (or underemployment) a real phenomenon? If so, what are the causes and what can be done about it?

Is it real?

One measure of employment, the Youth Labor Force Participation Rate, has been trending downward since the year 2000. Government statistics show the participation rate dropped 10 percent between 2000 and 2014 after holding steady the previous 20 years.

What are the causes?

  1. Stringent requirements of employers. Certain jobs require years of experience. Chicken and egg dilemma: How can one get the experience if you can’t get the job in the first place?
  2. Some social commentators suggest that perhaps Millennials have unrealistic expectations about their careers. We have all read of the enormous success of young entrepreneurs like the founders of Facebook or Snapchat. Some Millennials see these successes and think it’s possible or probable they can repeat it themselves. The older notion of gradually climbing a corporate ladder has been set aside.
  3. Millennials are more likely to continue education, including advanced degrees. Thus a higher percentage of millennials are out of the job market for positive reasons.

 What can be done?

  1. Employers need to give less experienced applicants a chance. Mentoring programs can develop the needed experience internally.
  2. Millennials need a realistic view of their career trajectory. Not everyone can be the next 25-year old billionaire.
  3. Young people need an effective way to look for jobs. A job search engine like Jooble with thousands of jobs in each location and category is a good place to start.

Congrats to DotLoop

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DotLoop was one of JobFlo’s earliest clients, and used our platform to build out their teams in both California and Ohio.

According to Zillow, about half a million people sign their documents with DotLoop every month and agents create about 300,000 workspaces on the services per month. Using DotLoop, agents, buyers and sellers can share, edit, sign and store their documents digitally.

ZipRecruiter Boost: Get more and better applicants!

Every day it gets harder for employers to get the attention of the best candidates for open jobs. We have a new feature that can help! JobFlo has partnered with ZipRecruiter to provide an outstanding way for employers and recruiters to reach the best candidates.

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ZipRecruiter Boost provides:

  • Featured placement in job alerts sent to 15M+ job seekers
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ZipRecruiter Boost is available from within JobFlo for over 50% off ($99 instead of the regular $199) until April 30. It’s easy to add ZipRecruiter Boost to your job posting in JobFlo: from the JobFlo Dashboard click the Add link under Premium Distribution and follow the prompts.

Even if you don’t have a job currently posted on JobFlo you can still take advantage of this offer by posting a new job and then adding ZipRecruiter Boost. If you don’t have a JobFlo account you can sign up for a 30-day JobFlo trial, create your first job posting, then Boost that posting with ZipRecruiter.

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Save Time With Skills Assessments

Are you spending a lot of time filtering out unqualified candidates with phone screens and interviews? JobFlo’s new integrated skills assessments feature can help!

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Skills assessments are sets of questions that can be displayed automatically as part of the application process or that you can manually forward as an email link to an applicant after you review the resume. You can ask any number of questions, including special logic that will only display certain questions based upon the values of previous answers. You can assign scores to each answer, ultimately compiling a single score for the overall skills assessment. You can then set a score threshold – candidates pass if they receive a score above your threshold.

JobFlo has built-in support for customizable automated workflow based upon passing or failing the skills assessment. For example, a score over the threshold would automatically generate an email to that candidate for the next step such as a phone screen or interview.

Want a quick demo to get a better idea how this works? Click here – and make sure to put in a valid email address so you’ll see your results.

In addition to saving your company huge amounts of time spent manually screening out unqualified applicants, skills assessments gives you visibility into the distribution of skills and other attributes of your candidate pool through graphic summaries as shown in the image below.

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To get started, contact us and we’ll work with you to create skills assessments that you can use in any of your JobFlo-powered job openings.