Job Hunting Advice for ‘Stressed Out’ Millennials

Author : William

Updated : August 1st, 2019

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According to a recent survey conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA) millennials are officially the most stressed-out generation in the United States. Also known as Generation Y, millennials are those of us who reached adulthood around the beginning of this century.

Now recognized by no less than the White House as the largest and most diverse generation within the American population, this significant group has certainly had a lot of hard knocks to contend with, particularly on the jobs front.

With many millennials entering the workforce around 2008 when employment was at a historic low, the challenges have come thick and fast for this group.

The unemployment rate for millennials is currently some 9.1 percent, jumping to 14 percent when those who have quite simply given up looking for work are included.

Choices about whether to go back to school or accept being underemployed. This could be coupled with the resultant financial pressures due to student debt and the cost of living demands have driven many millennials to feel stressed out and isolated.

Yet with recent statistics showing that 280,000 new jobs were added to the economy during May alone, perhaps now is the ideal time for millennials to reinvigorate their mission to get onto or move up the career ladder.

The Challenge faced by Millenials

The US economic expansion may be back on track but it didn’t get there without concerted effort and the same will be true for millennial job searching. Having spent years well down the field in the race for jobs getting back in the game will be a challenge. Here are a few areas to attend to if you want to get a head start on the competition:

Make your search app based – There are virtually limitless possibilities when it comes to recruitment apps so it is essential to target your participation to those aligned with your job search requirements. Be selective and focus on apps which have been designed with millennials in mind.

Current examples include CareerSushi and Collegefeed. Recently acquired by AfterCollege, a platform for entry-level jobs and internships, Collegefeed in particular, is based on a social network-style of interaction developed to appeal to millennials and recent graduates.

Depending on your specific industry and career objectives it may also be possible to hone your app usage even more. For those keen to get involved with start-up companies, for example, Planted (previously known as Lynxsy) is a great choice.

It was set up specifically to help non-technical millennials engage with potential fledgling employers. In their first year of operation over 12,000 job seekers have already used the site and over 200 candidates have secured jobs.

Leverage networks– Today’s world is full of networks – from physical contacts to social platforms so make the most of them. Not all job opportunities are formally advertised – some are snapped up before they get to this stage.

Reach out to mutual friends and people you know on a professional basis to help get you ahead of the pack. Also, use networks such as LinkedIn to make contact with companies and recruiters you are interested in – taking the time to write a quick email outlining your skills and experience and asking them for feedback could pay dividends.

Industry-specific networks also exist which allow targeted contacts based on your particular area. These include Doximity (for healthcare professionals), Kaggle (for data scientists) and GrabCAD (for mechanical engineers).

Target and tailor– Mass resumes and blanket cover letters are a definite job hunting no-no. The chances of success will be greatly enhanced if you take the time to target your search and then tailor your applications accordingly.

Spamming employers with generic approaches are counterproductive yet candidates often go down this route believing that the more irons they have in the recruitment fire, the better. Carefully consider the match between your qualifications, skills and experience and those required by possible employers.

Whether the post is advertised or your approach is speculative, it is important to demonstrate that you have thoroughly researched the company and believe you are a fit for their needs. Adopting a scattergun approach with a universal resume is as one recruiter observed, as likely to be successful as playing with a Frisbee in a hurricane.

Prioritize preparation– Once you have a specific lead in mind, it’s time for some in-depth research. Investing time and effort in finding out everything possible about the recruiting company is what sets the dynamic, dedicated prospective employee apart from his lazy, laid-back counterpart.

Start off by studying the company’s mission, vision, and values. The company website is a great place for this type of information but goes the extra mile by supplementing with insights from their presence on platforms such as LinkedIn and Glassdoor.

Next, get as much information as possible about the people leading the company. Read their profiles and media reports to really get inside the psyche of the operation. This will help you tailor your interview style to connect with the panel.

Commercial press reports and specialist publications are also an important place to look for information about the company’s position within its particular industry and sector.

Get a flavor of how things are going and how they are regarded by industry experts and competitors. Finally, look to the future and find out as much as is publicly available about the company’s strategic direction. This will help you paint a picture of the part you could play in achieving their future goals.

Sanitize your social media presence– One of the biggest challenges for the millennial generation compared to those who came before they are social media. While platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram have no doubt revolutionized how people communicate and mostly for the better, there is an obvious downside when it comes to job hunting.

People have always made mistakes and done stupid things. In years gone by though, these deeds have soon been forgotten. Nowadays, thanks to social media and the ever-present camera phone, many people find that when they misbehave others are quick to snap and share evidence of their blunders with the rest of the world.

Some people even add pictures of such incidents to their profiles themselves, keen to show their friends what they have been up to. This is all great fun until you think about the potential impact on employment prospects.

If you are undertaking a serious job-hunt you need to scrub up your social media presence – as far and as wide as possible. Otherwise, everything you can see could also conceivably be viewed by your future boss.

Look the part– Cultivating the ideal online profile is important but so is creating the right impression in the flesh. Being out of the job market for an extended period of working in a lower grade job can cause a degree of dress code amnesia in some job seekers. Sloppy and overly sexy are two styles best avoided at interview – neither look will send the right message.

Choose your clothing carefully ensuring it supports your message to the employer that you are professional and ready to work. Ideally, wear a suit and definitely leave t-shirts, mini-skirts, and shorts at home. Remember that your clothes are only part of the package when it comes to an appearance at interview – positive body language and an abundance of confidence are also vital.

Addressing all these issues will get your job search off to a flying start but if it does take the time to gain employment don’t give up. An old Japanese proverb tells us,

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”

Perseverance and resilience will get you your dream job in the end.

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  1. I applied for unemployment on 8-1 and was approved. I received my letter of eligibility and debit card about a week ago. I did not file my intitial bi weekly claim because I missed the deadline by 1 day (didn’t realize they would be closed on Saturday). When I logged on it said I would have to reopen a claim because mine had been closed. I filled out the online form to deactivate the claim. My question is this: will I have another waiting week? And will unemployment have to contact my employer all over again to verify my wages and go through the entire process all over again or will they just reopen the claim with a new date window to file?

  2. Lost my job in 10/2018 due to plant closure, collected vacation and severance pay. Opened a claim in 1/2019. Got an on the job training job through career link in 5/2019 worked one week and became very sick and was off for two weeks VA could not find anything wrong but gave me medication for the symptoms and an excuse to return to work, prior to returning got a call from my recruiter at career link telling me the position was filled so i did not return. Reopened my claim, a few weeks later got a letter informing me the employer had appealed and said i did not return, had a hearing and the employer did not show but i lost and got a 2500.00 over payment. Got a temp job through an agency but have only worked 4 days in two weeks. Reopened my claim and was told i need to earn 2604.00 from current employer before it can be opened, did i do something wrong? Still applying for work but am days away from losing everything, need income to pay bills. PLEASE HELP

    1. Rodney,

      Your eligibility to claim UI benefits depends on multiple factors including monetary eligibility. If you’ve been officially told about the shortage of earnings, there’s nothing much one can do. If you’re still confident of winning the appeal, please make a strong case.

      1. I live in KY but my base wages were from earnings in GA when I lived there. I’ve exhausted my benefits in KY. Am I able to now file through GA since my earnings through 10/18 came from there?

        1. Dee,

          As much as I am aware, Unemployment Insurance is a one time cycle. Please call the Unemployment Office in GA for more.

  3. The hours at work have been cut due to lack of business for every department.
    So all full-time positions are now part-time.
    How do I file for partial unemployment?
    The only options I see (in Texas) are for full unemployment.

    1. Eric,

      You should be able to claim partial UI benefits. Please consider applying online until full hours are restored.

    1. William,

      If everything goes well, it should not take more than 7-10 business days (waiting week). Please call the Claims Center for more.

  4. I was employed by a VA company for 5 years, my contract ended yesterday (07/31/19), however, I worked remotely for those 5 years and live in FL, which state do I apply to for my unemployment benefits?

    1. Oscar,

      Please check with your employer if they remitted UI taxes into the system. Contract workers are generally not eligible.

        1. Oscar,

          In that case, please go ahead and apply if your employer remitted UI taxes into the system.

    2. You apply in Virginia…however, I worked seasonally and they used a ‘quarter’ that was empty, so even though my employer paid in, I only got a 1/3 of what I should have received. Figured that out later :/ They will also question WHY you aren’t able and available to work IN Virginia. They froze my account for about a month.

  5. I worked 37 years with the same company in Texas. On July 2nd of 2018, I was let go due to workforce reduction. I signed up for benefits several months later and now have drawn my 26 weeks of benefit. Is there any program currently open in Texas or federally that will extend additional money while job seeking?

    1. Lonnie,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  6. I have been an employee of my company for 34 yrs. My position is being eliminated but I have been offered another position for less money. It is a much more physical job that I am not sure I can perform well. I am 75. If I try to fulfill the position and cannot do it, will I still be able to get benefits if I quit? They want me to try it for a couple of weeks to see if I am strong enough and if I can afford the cut in pay.

    1. Lynda,

      I suggest you call the Unemployment Office to find out about eligibility before making a decision on continuation.

      1. I recently lost my job..i was late for work and they took me off the schedule..never told me i was fired..didnt ask for uniforms back. Another cook was andd has been late for work and he didnt get taken off the schedule.can i still get unemployment?

        1. Kandie,

          Please note UI benefits are only offered to claimants who lose employment due to no fault of their own. You can call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  7. Are there any training benefits or programs that will pay for an advanced degree, such as a PhD which is needed to become more employable?

    1. There are multiple training programs administered by the Labor Department in each state. For more info, please call visit the official website of the Unemployment Office.

  8. I’m about to exhaust my Unemployment benefits. I was laid off from my first job and
    found employment then I lost my job and became unemployed again. I applied for benefits and have have almost exhausted my benefits but have not found employment. Can I file for an extension?

    1. Deanna,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  9. After reading your article it’s still not clear to me about requirements surrounding moving to another state and completing/continuing to collect. I have 8 weeks eligibility left, I am moving from MA to FL. The end of your article says: “Since it’s all virtual (online), you may still consider the option of continuing your claims from the base state even if you move to a different one until completion. As a responsible claimant, it’s your duty to inform the base state about your movement to ensure there are no hassles in the near future.”

    So it sounds like even once I am in new state I am eligible to continue to collect from my base state. I can just continue to do my required weekly job search and reporting to and filing in my base state (I do it via phone call-in). No need to complicate things by doing some crazy state transfer of benefits. Benefits also done via direct bank deposit and no need to change anything. Do I even need to tell my base state I am now living in a new state? Why? Thank you.

    1. Paul,

      For the ease of understanding, each state has its specific rules and laws with regard to administering Unemployment Benefits. It might be an obligation for a claimant to inform about the movement. For clarification, please call the Unemployment Office and speak to a representative.

  10. I was recently fired from my work 25-June-2019/due to me not meeting their “standards/ expectations” i submitted my UE claim on 28-June and have not received any pay as of today, 19-July. The status is currently “adjudication in progress,” my question is, should i be worried this will be denied? I read the FAQ on the UE webpage and it said only a couple applications require the adjudication process. How long does this process usually take to get the final answer of whether I’m denied or approved? The website stated it susuallt takes ~25 days for the adjudication process, does this mean once that’s done then i still have to wait another 2-6 weeks for final processing after? THANK YOU SOO MUCH to whomever is able to provide me with some answers/ input.

    ** this is my first time ever being fired or having to file for unemployment so i really have nooooo idea what is standard or normal or whatever. I feel like an idiot with my simple questions but it would bring me so much relief having them answered, truly

    1. Talia,

      I can understand your reason for the anxiety. Adjudication is a fact-finding process where both the claimant and the employer will get an opportunity to present their case. During this process, make sure to produce supporting documents that amplify your stance. For all you know, the adjudication can be a lengthy process.

      Best Wishes!

  11. I was permanently severanced from my job due to a Co. Reorg & received my last severance pay last week. I called UE & was told that I should now do my application online since I will no longer be getting funds & still without a job & that this coming Sunday regardless of knowing if I will or will not get benefits yet that I should still file a weekly claim in case of UE back pay.
    So my question is, do I still have to report 4 jobs applied to within this week, even if I do not know if I will be approved/denied for benefits until possibly next week anyway?

    1. Lynda,

      You should continue to report the job applications as long as you’ve been asked to do so. There will be a “Waiting Period” and the first payment will take about 7-10 days after which they’ll flow much quicker. Please call the Claims Center for clarification.

  12. I tried to transfer from one state to another. When I left Montana I was told there would be no problem transferring. When I arrived in North Carolina I had trouble reaching the area manager by phone. When he finally called me back he said to meet him for lunch to discuss when and where I would be working. He did not show up for lunch. Then he never returned any of my calls. I went PA to visit a friend a few weeks later and tried there. I met with the hiring manager and was told there should not be a problem doing the transfer since I was still in the system. I called the store a few times and they said it was still pending. Then I was terminated without even a phone call. Am I eligible for unemployment and if so do I file in Montana or North Carolina. I still have a Montana drivers license but I am living in NC.

    1. Stacey,

      As long as you were unemployed involuntarily, you should be able to claim UI benefits. Please consider applying.

  13. I have worked for 32+ years and recently have become unable to work due to health reasons, so I have had to resign from my job. I have contacted SS and will be able to apply for disability but it will take awhile to process. Can I apply for unemployment benefits? I live in WV.

    1. Sandra,

      UI benefits are only extended to claimants who lose their employment due to involuntary reasons. Please reach out to the Unemployment Office for more.

  14. I had to quit my job at Walmart in Fairmont West Virginia and moved back to my home state ky, I’ve got a son with drug problems and 3 older sisters that are not doing so well in health cause of their age. I didn’t understand about the transfer part they had at Walmart that I could put a date when I could start back because of my car problems I thought when I left I had to go in like in s few days, I’ve applied here at Walmart in Winchester ky 40391 two times already plus dollar store, speedway, truck stop, bp, a few other places it’s been going on 7 months without a job I live with my son and its getting harder on him paying rent and utilities and food, not to mention our personal hygiene stuff I really need help I have no income coming in to help him and his wife out I get foodstamps and Medicaid I was praying I could qualify for unemployment PLEASE HELP!!!

    1. Vicky,

      I can understand your situation. Unfortunately, UI benefits are only extended to claimants who lose employment due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office for further clarification.

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