In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to hire millennials into your workforce.

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I want to talk to you about, as as a hiring manager, HR professionals, small business owner about hiring millennials. Millennials have an awful reputation and, mostly it's adult bigotry toward those younger thn them. Let me just explain.

Believe it or not, when you look at this face, I was once 20. When I was graduating college, it was the early 70s. You know, it was an era where younger individuals, you know, "hippies" had a certain reputation. Certainly, all the stories about younger people at that time were they'll never adjust to the workforce. They'll never, you know, work in an office. All they care about is getting out and playing. They are nine to fivers at best. They're lazy. Is this sounding vaguely familiar? You know, all they want to do is to go to concerts and fool around. This sounds remarkably like the Millennials.
I'll just simply say that for you, millennials, who roll your eyes at these stories, I'll just simply say you're going to be in the same boat at some point 25 years from now, looking at some generation that follows you, complaining, pissing and moaning about what their behaviors like. Because that seems to be the way that it works.
The boomers have gotten old and the result winds up being most of them are remarkably intolerant of what it's like to adjust from college or high school to the world of work. There is an adjustment that goes on and the ones that adjust quicker you tend to like. The ones that don't adjust, you tend to get rid of. That's the way it is.
So, I just want to remind you folks that you've got to be patient. You've got to hire on potential, some level of skill, you can't expect someone who's 20 to 25 years old to know to know as much as someone who's experienced.
But, take a look around you. If you only have an office of old people, what are you doing to the business that you're working for? You're killing it because, frankly, all of us old folks are going to die off. So, if you want to think intelligently about this and, Yes, I'm being insulting to you, because you haven't up until this point (At least many of you haven't up until this point), you've got to start laying the foundation with younger individuals to help them adjust to the workforce because that's the new leaders in your organization. Otherwise, you might as well just announce that to your management team that you want the business sold to an overseas firm and let's move on with it.
The fact of the matter is unless younger individuals start getting into the mix, then your firm is going to die off, need to be acquired and you're gonna be out of work later on in life.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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