Why the Young Generation Can’t Be Unemployed
Jobs are not necessarily rare nowadays, but, as studies have shown, employers look for just the right employee for the position.
In a study released at the beginning of June by the staffing solutions leader Manpower Group, it was revealed that employers have difficulties finding the right candidates for their open positions. This is partly caused by talent shortage, but also by how picky employers can be.
As the Manpower Group President of the Americas, Jonas Prising, pointed out, US employers are willing to wait a long time to find that perfect candidate.
This is a trend that plagues other countries too and the best indications of it are the highly specific job descriptions and job requirements.
From a jobseeker’s perspective, this limits the number of available jobs considerably. So, what is a fresh graduate to do?
A good option is the internship. An internship will add some experience, some references to support the job search. But is it enough?
Internships can be up to one year long and unpaid. Furthermore, the experience gained through an internship will be limited by that company’s range of activities and to the specific internship requirements.
Another solution for young workers is freelancing. Nowadays, freelancers can be hired for almost anything, as companies seek short-term specific talents. Furthermore, companies are big on outsourcing. So they will hire a company that provides the services they need, and the service-providing company will further look for specific skill sets. This is the point where the freelancers and young graduates come in.
By using websites such as Elance and Odesk (and many more), young, tech savvy graduates can jump into the labor market. Both websites have international job offers, good work validation and payments system. With freelance jobs, any graduate can enrich his or her resume, and gain experience, while making some money.
More than that, freelancing jobs offer young graduates the opportunity to see what jobs they like and what they’re good at. They will also get to see what the actual work entails, eliminating preconceptions and false expectations.
At the end of well done freelance jobs, the young graduate will have work experience, a new point on their resume, some money in their bank accounts.
Plus, when they do manage to go to that first 9-5 job interview, they will be able to present something invaluable: results.