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How to Earn Your Boss’s Respect as a Millennial

How to Earn Your Boss’s Respect as a Millennial

The Millennial generation is often portrayed as lazy, self-involved and entitled. Not the most flattering portrayal for Millennials trying to succeed in the corporate world, right? Prove these stereotypes wrong and earn your boss’s respect with these five tips.

1. Don’t be shy.

Ask your co-workers and your boss questions to help you settle into your work and have a better understanding of the company. Find out the answers to questions like:

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  • “How do you prefer I check in with you, via email or phone?”
  • “How has this work process been done before?”
  • “What results do you want to see with this client within the next six months?”

And so on. Bosses will appreciate you taking an interest in learning and will respect you more for doing so.

2. Steer clear of the water cooler.

Earning a reputation as a trash talker or gossip will never equate to respect in the workplace. Managers value employees who can play well with others and succeed in a team-based environment. Millennials who choose to speak negatively about their co-workers will be viewed as immature, unprofessional and lacking integrity.

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If you happen to be in a group of people where the conversation shifts to gossip, try redirecting to another subject, and if that doesn’t work, then just walk away. Even if you are not the one starting the drama, you do not want to associate with it in any way.

3. Um…like, communicate professionally.

Whether you speak to your boss on the phone, in person or via email, make sure your communication style remains professional. Don’t show your age by unnecessarily abbreviating words, using emojis or excessively using exclamation points.

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Emails should be business-related and brief if possible, with a proper introductory greeting and sign off. Show your boss you can carry on a professional conversation without using filler words like “um” or “like” in every sentence. Upper management wants to know you can conduct yourself in a professional manner when communicating with clients, so use your interaction with your boss to demonstrate how capable you are.

4. Find solutions, not problems.

Facing issues from system errors to ridiculous client requests is expected in the corporate world, but how you handle the situation makes all the difference in the way your boss sees you. If an issue arises, before you run down the hall panicking to pound on your boss’s door, try to find a solution to the problem. Impress your boss by presenting it as a problem that you overcame by doing X,Y, and Z. Bosses do not want someone on their team who simply points out problems for the sake of doing so. Be the voice in the room that says “this isn’t working, why don’t we do this instead?”

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5. Adapt to the culture.

Millennials should pay close attention to the behaviors of their co-workers for cues on how they should act. Notice how the majority of your peers show up at 8 a.m.? Don’t arrive at 9 a.m. Are you the only one not taking notes during a staff meeting? Grab a pad of paper next time and follow suit. Managers want to see that you can behave like you belong with your peers. Acting in a way that goes against the office cultural norm will make it seem as if you feel you’re above the established rules. It’s OK to think outside of the box, but don’t work outside of the cultural box.

So, do you think you’re ready to climb up that corporate ladder? Take this leadership assessment by Joel Goldstein, President of Mr. Checkout Distributors, to find out if you have the skills needed to take on a management role!

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Last Updated on June 25, 2019

How to Ace an Interview: 10 Tips from a Professional Career Advisor

How to Ace an Interview: 10 Tips from a Professional Career Advisor

Wondering how to ace an interview? In this article, you will learn everything you need to nail your dream job — from resume submission to the end of the interview cycle.

In order to land a job interview, you must start with submitting a great resume. Submitting resumes is generally done by, “apply now”, the way many apply for consideration to a job requisition. Even if not applying the tradition way, let’s say, emailing someone in your network about an opportunity- you will still need a great resume.

So first thing first, work on your resume.

Today in the United States, 98% of organizations use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to extract information from an applicant’s resume to build a digital applicant profile that can be searched, filtered, and/or ranked.[1] So, a resume that is ATS friendly is part one for landing and acing a job interview.

To do this, a resume must have certain formatting and keywords to get the resume through the scan and into the hands of a recruiter. Without a resume that works with and for today’s technology and requirements, an interview can be difficult to land.

Here’s a great DIY Resume Guide (Do it Yourself Resume Guide) to help you craft an ATS and Recruiter friendly resume:[2]

There used to be a time where a job application was enough, today, an ATS friendly resume leads all methods in landing a job interview.

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Now, let’s talk about acing that interview.

A job interview is part 2 of the job application process. An interview is where applicants that have met the minimum requirements are selected to discuss the job opportunity with the employer or hiring manager.

Interviews are generally conducted via telephone, in person, and or applications/technology such as Skype. When the interview is landed, these 10 tips will help you ace the job interview:

1. Going for a Job Opportunity That Speaks to Your Passion

Having a passion for the job/ industry is extremely important. Doing something that aligns with inner passion is important for quality of life.

People that have passion for the job that they are interviewing for generally have better interview experiences. When we talk about what we love, it is seen in our faces, our body language, and heard in our tone. Here’re 10 Reasons Why Following Your Passion Is More Important Than Money.

In short, consideration of talents, discovering the things that make you happy and sad, and what you love losing yourself in.

2. Study the Job Description: Essential Job Functions and Qualification Requirements

Doing this will allow you the opportunity to develop examples of past and present experience that relate to the essential job functions and required qualifications.

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Examples of experience is always a plus for interviewers, painting a full picture goes a long way. Even when not asked for an example, it is always a plus to tie answers to interview questions to examples from your experience.

If there is a portfolio (work samples: images, writing samples, published work, videos, awards, etc.) of work- that’s even better!

3. Research the Company and the Interviewer(s)

Being an employee means entering into a relationship with an employer. In many areas of life, research is done prior to committing; researching a company prior to an interview is no different.

It is important to determine if the company is a good fit and therefore makes it easier to answer “why do you want to work here?” It helps better verbalize how past experience, skills, and values align with the company’s mission, and it shows the interviewer that you are interested in more than just a job.

4. Think Positive and Tap into Confidence

Positivity exudes confidence and both are necessary, so the employers knows that trust can be given.

Thoughts lead to action, therefore, operating from a positive perspective will reveal confidence. The goal of the interview is to land the job offer; employers need to believe that you believe in yourself so that they can believe you. Here are a few tips for positive thinking.

5. Have Copies of the Resume Used to Apply for the Job

It’s always good to be ready for extra interviewers in the room; many interviews today are panel interviews/ multi-person interviews.

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Though a resume was likely submitted with the application, it is always a good idea to come with extra copies in anticipation of the potential need. If there was no resume submission, it is crucial that you provide a copy during the interview; doing this shows the employer preparedness and resolution to challenges.

6. Plan for Behavior Based Interview Questions

Most companies use pre-selected questions, often times having a list of behavior-based questions. Usually these questions start with: “provide an example of”, “tell me about a time when”, and/or “describe a time/situation when”.

Having examples of problems solved and strategies used, initiatives led, contributions to teams and departments, will help ace a job interview. Painting a picture to help employers see skills, qualifications, and experience is extremely important during a job interview.

7. Make a List of Selling Points

It’s important to be proactive about the selling points that you want to make in an interview. This is where a portfolio works great! It is a great idea to make a list of selling points that reaffirms and demonstrates skills, qualifications, and experience.

Consider: awards, programs/ processes launched that led to cost savings and/or profitability, training/education, etc.

8. Showcase a Mixture of Personality and Professionalism

Companies like to make sure that interviewees are a good match for the company culture. Having a good balance of personality and professionalism during a job interview is key.

Personality can be shown when discussing hobbies, community service or extracurricular activities in answers to behavior-based questions, when describing your passion, and when discussing selling points.

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9. Have Your Questions Ready- Interviewing Isn’t One-Sided

Interviews are two-sided, like all relationships (an employee and employer agreement is a type of relationship). Before entering in many relationships, we all have a set of questions that we need answers to, prior to making the decision to commit.

Beyond doing this for self (because asking questions helps reduce doubt and uncertainty), it also shows the employer that there is interest in the company and its future and, shows that you are informed.

Here are a few considerations: “Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?”, “Why is this position open?”, and “What qualifications/ skills are important to succeed in this role?” You can also take a look at this guide for more idea: 7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

10. Follow-up with a Thank You Note

Interviewers love gratitude. Sending a “thank you for taking the time to discuss the job opening with me”, is very important to acing an interview.

Interviewers discuss one job opening with many applicants. A thank you note can serve as gratitude and the final chance to showcase selling points. This is also the opportunity to address any concerns that the interviewer may have had in the interview.

Summing It up

Consider a job interview a house. the foundation for acing a job interview is passion. The frame is a resume that lands the interview. The plumbing and electrical are showing up with confidence, providing a list of selling points, having examples of your experience and qualifications, and engaging the interviewer. The roof is showing gratitude with a thank you note.

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Featured photo credit: Nik MacMillan via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] Jobscan: What is an Applicant Tracking System?
[2] Veronica Castillo: New Job- DIY Resume

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