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4 Productivity Habits Millennials Are Bringing into the Workplace

4 Productivity Habits Millennials Are Bringing into the Workplace

Every day it seems like another Facebook post hits my newsfeed promising that if I just do this one amazing thing, I’ll unlock my maximum productivity potential. It’s an enticing promise. The thought of being able to conquer anything and everything that matters to me will motivate me to do a lot of things.

But what fascinates me, as a millennial freelancer, is how my generation is changing the traditional office. Of course, a lot of us are skipping the traditional workplace experience and diving into the shared economy, or as a dedicated freelancer. But, for the sake of this article, let’s take a look at the changes happening inside the traditional, 9-5 office.

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The Workplace is Mobile

Roughly eighty-percent of workers, when polled, admit to taking work home. I use the term “admit” because most companies want to avoid their employees taking work home with them. First, if the employee is hourly, there are potential legal repercussions to an employee working off the clock. Second, taking work home represents an information security risk.

But, all the risks aside, millennials have been educated in a system that encourages homework. How much work in high school and college is done outside of the classroom (i.e. training office)? With the advances in mobile tech (from iPads to smartphones with more technical capacity than all of NASA in 1969), work doesn’t have to be a place anymore.

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The 9-5 Workday is Now Optional

With mobility comes flexibility on time. Work used to mean a set time during the day, in which we as humans agreed to trade our freedom for a paycheck. Information is now stored on servers, instead of filing cabinets and bookshelves. Collaboration in the cloud is real. Virtually everything we need to do work can be accessed from anywhere with a stable Wi-Fi connection.

Productivity Software is Now Cross-Platform

Remember that cloud that I mentioned a moment ago? The way that millennials, and a lot of other people have become reliant on the cloud has productivity developers taking note. For example, Adobe commissioned a study to understand how “cross-platform accessibility” impacts the service choices that consumers make. Turns out that 34 percent of millennials utilize cross-platform capabilities, a figure that’s 14 points higher than the population at large.

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In the workplace, this means employees are now jumping between devices to get work done. Whether that device is a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone, the right tool for the job is becoming a multiple-choice question with multiple correct answers.

Whistle While You Work

Have you noticed work is starting to move to a different beat? The proliferation of wireless speakers on the market is, in part, because millennials are listening to far more music while they work, when compared with previous generations. Apple Music, Google Play and Spotify make it easy to stream our favorite tracks and create playlists for virtually every occasion. And millennials are taking full advantage in the workplace, listening to 75% more music than baby boomers.

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Mobility, Multi-Platform Support and Music are Defining Millennials in the Workplace

If you want to peer into the workplace of the future, I think you’d find yourself in a work pod. Instead of offices, you’d find a modular isolation chamber installed into the residence where an employee works. If you’ve seen Netflix’s Black Mirror, it isn’t hard to imagine.

But today, millennials are invading the office of yesteryear and making changes. They’re moving while they work, marching to the beat of the earbuds in their ears. And, they’re extremely comfortable getting things done while away from the office. The cloud has spoiled us, and we aren’t going back!

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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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Reference

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

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