Hire My Wife. She’s Not a Millennial

This is probably only something a man who carries a gun could get away with, putting your wife’s picture on a billboard under the heading “Please Hire My Wife.” Oh, the embarrassment of it all.

We don’t know just what, exactly, Holly Stuard said to her deputy sheriff husband, when she first saw herself on a Toledo billboard. A few days later, what she told a Toledo newspaper was, “I didn’t know what to make of it … I had to go back and look.”

The MBA grad — which may explain a lot — had not heard from any employers at the time of the newspaper interview, so, good sport that she must be, said, “I’m going to try to have fun with it.”

And so are we.

When We Were Your Age

Oh those Millennials. They think they’re God’s gift, that company rules are mere suggestions, and should you actually ask them to do something as mundane as make copies, steel yourself for the inevitable “That’s brainless work” retort.

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If you’re nodding your head right now, you’ll be surprised to know that at least one survey (by Generation Opportunity) of 18-29 year olds found almost two-thirds of them would rather have a job than a lower student loan interest. And 61 percent of them say more quality, full-time jobs with health insurance is more important than staying on their parents’ plan.

If your Millennials are more like those in the first paragraph than in the survey, you might be hiring from the kiddie pool.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

You can contact him here.


1 Comment on “Hire My Wife. She’s Not a Millennial

  1. What an interesting way to use self (or wife) promotion to get a job. I think many Millennials want a quality job but don’t know the means of finding them and haven’t acquired the skills to get past recruiters. If employers are interested in attracting Millennials, particularly the ones you mentioned in the survey, they need to make their job descriptions clearer and promote them where Millennials hang — through social media channels.

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