The Millennial Resume: A Generation of Job Hoppers

When you go to Google and search for ‘List of Millennial Characteristics’, a seemingly endless number of articles pops up, all of which claiming to describe exactly what a typical millennial acts like.

As ludicrous as it seems to generalize the traits of a group of nearly 76 million individuals, there is no doubt that we differ greatly from generations prior thanks to new factors such as technology and social media.

After looking through multiple articles, it’s clear to see that the majority of these lists have something to do with Millennials as employees. For example, “8 Millennials’ Traits You Should Know Before You Hire Them” and “10 Millennial Personality Traits That HR Managers Can’t Ignore”.

Word on the street is that Millennials aren’t highly regarded for their work ethic, rather they are known for being entitled and lazy, but surprisingly the majority of the characteristics in these lists turned out to be pro-Millennial; that is except for one trait that I started to see over and over again: Millennials as Job Hoppers.

Job hopping is the act of changing workplaces frequently on one’s own accord (meaning they didn’t get fired), and as it turns out Millennials are known as the Job Hopping Generation.

Forbes wrote an article about this new job hopping trend and reported that 91% of Millennials did not plan to stay at their current job for more than 3 years. The article then goes on to exclaim, “That means they would have 15-20 jobs over the course of their working lives!”.

Preposterous, right?! 

As a group of people who despise monotony, boredom, and feeling unimportant, it only makes sense that we couldn’t care less about quitting a job willy nilly and moving on to the next job.

What can I say, we just aren’t the ‘stick it out‘ type. In fact, just the thought of staying at the same company for decades, as is the norm for previous generations, gives me severe anxiety.

Millennials job hop in order to find that one job that will fulfill every fiber of our beings. A job that will make waking up in the morning a delight. A job that doesn’t feel like work!

I guess what makes Millennials different is that we value fulfillment over stability. I know I would rather have 15-20 jobs with the potential for finding my passion/purpose, rather than have one safe job that pays the bills.

Although myself, nor the multitudes of online articles, can speak for the millions of Millennials around the world, I for one am one of the dreaded Millennial job hoppers and that is why I am starting The Millennial Resume.

I’m not here to understand the dynamics of a job hopper or teach businesses how to lock a Millennial into a permanent position, rather I see myself as the ultimate job hopper.

For the past 2 years I have been on a journey of discovering my passion in life, and it has been a long, difficult, torturous journey so far, and the only conclusion I have yet to discover is that I can’t pick just one thing to do for the rest of my life.

As Sylvia Plath wrote in The Bell Jar:

“When they asked me what I wanted to be I said I didn’t know.”

“Oh, sure you know,” the photographer said.

“She wants,” said Jay Cee wittily, “to be everything.”

My sentiments exactly.

I want to be an environmental scientist, a journalist, an esthetician, an author, a magazine editor, a CEO, a fitness instructor, a dentist, a surgeon, etc…

I literally want to be everything and this dilemma has left me stuck, unable to do anything because I just can’t choose.

The only solution to the problem is to be everything. 

I am the ultimate job hopper, and this is The Millennial Resume.


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