There is a common argument that Gen-Y are a fickle bunch; that we run from job to job at the first sight of higher salaries and better benefits. We make great impressions in interviews with our energy, passion and drive, but don’t know anything about loyalty.
I have multiple 20-something friends who have admitted they are actively seeking new jobs. So sure — it’s easy to believe the Gen-Y stigma is accurate. It’s easy to accuse: in an economy as difficult as this, how dare young professionals take their jobs for granted?
I think the stigma is crap. And not just because I am one of many Gen-Yers who are more than happy with their jobs and absolutely NOT interested in any other positions. No, there’s more to it than that.
I’ve watched 30-, 40- and even 50-something friends, colleagues and family members accept new positions with the utmost excitement and then confess unhappiness in a matter of weeks.
So either EVERYONE is fickle and ungrateful — or something else is happening behind closed doors.
We could blame the job candidates for including too much spin in resumes. If only they had been 100 percent honest, they wouldn’t get stuck in positions that were never right for them in the first place.
But maybe, just maybe, applicants aren’t the only “spin doctors.”
Who has been promised “the world,” only to be overworked and underpaid? Who has been told they would be in charge of managing clients X, Y, Z, but then were micromanaged instead? Who has been told their thoughts would be valued but then had their voices stifled in meetings?
I’m not actually accusing employers of being spin doctors. But they, just like job candidates, are only human. If they see something (or someone) they really want, I don’t doubt for a second that a few fibs or exaggerations may emerge.
My point is that it is unfair to pinpoint Gen-Y as “the problem.” It’s hard to see what is really going on unless you are in the situation yourself. And quite frankly, it’s not anyone’s place to judge.
Professionals — Gen-Y and older — have you ever tossed a white lie or two in your resume or interview to land the job? If so, was it worth it or did you end up in a position that wasn’t good for you? And employers, have you ever strayed from the truth — well-intentioned or not — to get that employee you HAD to have? Did he/she stay?