How do you explain to a hiring manager about a previous occupation in which you were fired? Well, if you’re a millennial then you’re likely to hide this key fact from job prospects.
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I Wasn’t Fired! I Left on my Own!
Last week, LinkedIn released the results of its "New Norms @Work" report, and the findings continue to show the shifting behaviors and office attitudes as millennials take over. Although there was an array of findings, one particular statistic has turned heads: whether or not millennials will tell a fib about being given the pink slip.
According to the social media outlet’s study, older millennials - 25 to 34 - are a lot let less likely to concede that they were let go from their previous job. A whopping 70% of millennial workers admitted to this practice, and noted that they would do everything they can to shield this information from future employers.
Moreover, less than one-third (32%) of these millennials would construct their resume and cover letters to make it appear they had left on their own accord.
Does this mean that preceding generations are generally honest? Not necessarily. Fifty-six percent of all workers reported working hard to bury this fact from potential employers.
Why Would You Lie?
Nobody wants to be fired from their job. It hurts your personal brand and can be a serious blemish on your resume and employment history. So it can be understandable why millennials are embracing this type of action; it’s not because they’re unscrupulous or surreptitious.
In addition, it could be as rudimentary as millennials viewing themselves differently from their employers, bosses and superiors.
Let’s not forget about the Great Recession. During and following the economic collapse, millennial professionals were the most affected in the labor market. This is one of the reasons why millennials have to take on an unconventional approach to their CV and how they present themselves to hiring managers.
Could it also be a case of "two sides to every story." In other words, perhaps the millennial staff member was let go for underperformance because of inadequate working conditions, poor management and unrealistic expectations. To some, future employers may not understand.
Your professional brand is a sum of many different aspects of your professional life, so it’s critical to make sure you are always representing your best self," LinkedIn wrote in a blog post.
Other Findings From @Work
What else did the professional network site find? Here are some of the other results of the report:
- 25% of respondents believe women get more judged at work for what they wear than their male counterparts.
- 88% of global workers don’t wear a suit or dress to work; 48% maintain separate wardrobes for work and play.
- One-third say it’s important to keep your professional and personal social media separate.
- One-third report it’s OK to leave a job within a month if you’re unhappy.
- 54% of employees feel more comfortable challenging their bosses.
- The average number participants said it would be good to show on a LinkedIn profile is three.
- 47% of workers are motivated when they hear colleagues discuss workplace success.
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Indeed, a majority of people in the global workforce say it isn’t fine to conceal the fact you were let go. However, with millennials taking over the labor market, it’s quite possible there will be a growing transformation in certain customs and behaviors. Lying about being fired could be just the start of it. Perhaps other corporate traditions will be changed in the coming years.