News Feed Item

Survey Reveals Millennials' Shifting Attitudes and Tactics Toward Job Search and Work

Traditional Resume and Job Search Methods Are Dying as 94% of Millennials Look Online for Employment

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/17/11 -- Elance, the leading platform for online employment, announced today the results of a new national survey that examined Millennials (those born after 1981) and their attitudes and approaches to work. The survey revealed that technology and independence are critical for the next generation of workers, and showed that Millennials are turning online to find employment, citing freelance work as a cornerstone of their career strategy. Survey results also indicate that the traditional resume may be on its way out, with more than half (56%) of Millennials stating that they prefer a digital profile to the traditional resume.

"Millennials are using digital profiles to showcase their skills and projects and leveraging their social networks to land jobs that promise more independence and flexibility than prior generations when they joined the workforce upon graduation," says Ellen Pack, vice president of marketing at Elance. "With online employment platforms, Millennials can focus on building their digital portfolios and professional online reputations to offer their talents to companies all over the world."

Key findings from the survey:

  • Help wanted and found online: 94% of Millennials turn to online job sites as their primary method for finding employment, and 40% indicate they are using social media to land jobs
  • Is the traditional resume dying? More than half of Millennials (56%) state that digital profiles and online resumes are more effective than traditional resumes in landing a job
  • Graduates declare their independence: 83% of Millennials state that working independently or freelancing is a cornerstone of their career strategy

Is the Kitchen Table the New Corner Office?
Millennials believe the best route to work is through "the cloud," with more than half (54%) stating that telecommuting is a critical part of their career goals, while less than 13% want to work onsite at a company a majority of the time.

The survey also revealed that 39% of Millennials characterize their work style as that of a freelancer, with the ability to choose their projects, employers and hours, versus that of an employee (15%), entrepreneur (26%) or team member (20%).

Pursuit of Happiness
Freedom and flexibility are the keys to happiness for the next generation, with 53% of Millennials stating that they are happier working as a freelancer versus a full-time employee. Only 17% of respondents stated that they are happier working as an employee.

The next generation may redefine climbing the corporate ladder as they pursue their passion and take control of their work on their terms. According to the survey, 83% of Millennials consider working independently an important part of their career strategy. In contrast, only 5% said freelancing did not play an important role in their overall career plan.

Looking for work in all the right places
Ink-stained hands and circled ads may be a thing of the past; According to the survey, over half of Millennials find more than 50% of their work online.

Technology has significantly contributed to the rise of remote and virtual work, allowing professionals to take their office wherever they go. The laptop (62%) and desktop computer (34%) are still the most important tools for Millennials in business, while smartphones (3%) and tablet devices (2%) like the iPad have yet to replace them as the critical technology for getting work done.

The Resume of the Future
With the majority of Millennials preferring an online profile to the traditional resume, Elance is equipping them with Digital Profiles that represent the resume of the future, with rich, interactive data and social sharing tools.

Digital Profiles offer the ability to easily build an online portfolio that displays a freelancer's best work, whether it is a series of articles, a collection of graphics or websites or list of mobile applications they have created.

Contractors can also package their most important profile data into a widget that can be instantly posted to a blog, social networking page or any HTML-based page on the web, or update their current availability and feedback or ratings received from clients through social media sharing tools.

The Elance Digital Profile makes it easy for clients to acquire the fullest representation of a freelancer's creative and professional capabilities by combining their detailed past employment history with their multimedia online portfolio. Online work completed through Elance's platform is automatically documented, enabling freelance professionals to provide verified job history, complete with links to previous employer profiles and direct links to the feedback received for each project.

About the Study
Elance conducted this survey from April 29 to May 10, 2011. More than 350 Elance freelancers born after 1981 participated in the online survey. For more information on the survey and to view results, visit www.elance.com/q/millennial-contractor-survey.html.

About Elance
Elance, the world's leading platform for online employment, helps businesses hire and manage in the cloud.

For businesses looking to staff-up a team on an hourly or project basis, Elance offers instant access to qualified professionals who work online. Elance provides the tools to hire, view work as it progresses and pay for results. Elance is faster and more cost-effective than job boards, staffing firms and traditional outsourcing.

For skilled professionals who want to work online, Elance offers access to qualified clients, a virtual workplace and guaranteed pay for great work. Contractors have already earned more than $380 million on the Elance platform.

The company is privately held and headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information, visit www.elance.com.

Elance and the Elance logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Elance, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

Media Contact:
Carolyn Adams
Phone: (415) 963-4174 ext. 4
Email: carolyn (at) bordersgratehouse.com

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
By now most people have either created their configuration management solution or are just embarking on this journey. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Marco Ceppi, a DevOps Engineer working at Canonical, will discuss how to take configuration management to the next level with modelling and orchestration. He will also discuss how and why people are moving from a machine-centric view to a service/application-oriented view of deployments, and how you can leverage the knowledge a...
operations aren’t merging to become one discipline. Nor is operations simply going away. Rather, DevOps is leading software development and operations – together with other practices such as security – to collaborate and coexist with less overhead and conflict than in the past. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Gordon Haff, Red Hat Technology Evangelist, will discuss what modern operational practices look like in a world in which applications are more loosely coupled, are deve...
What happens when the different parts of a vehicle become smarter than the vehicle itself? As we move toward the era of smart everything, hundreds of entities in a vehicle that communicate with each other, the vehicle and external systems create a need for identity orchestration so that all entities work as a conglomerate. Much like an orchestra without a conductor, without the ability to secure, control, and connect the link between a vehicle’s head unit, devices, and systems and to manage the ...
In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Nick Son, Vice President of Cyber Risk & Public Sector at Coalfire, will discuss the latest information on the FedRAMP Program. Topics will cover: FedRAMP Readiness Assessment Report (RAR). This new process is designed to streamline and accelerate the FedRAMP process from the traditional timeline by initially focusing on technical capability instead of documentation preparedness. FedRAMP for High-impact level systems. Early in 2016 FedRAMP officially publishe...
What are the successful IoT innovations from emerging markets? What are the unique challenges and opportunities from these markets? How did the constraints in connectivity among others lead to groundbreaking insights? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Carmen Feliciano, a Principal at AMDG, will answer all these questions and share how you can apply IoT best practices and frameworks from the emerging markets to your own business.
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smar...
Security, data privacy, reliability, and regulatory compliance are critical factors when evaluating whether to move business applications from in-house, client-hosted environments to a cloud platform. Quality assurance plays a vital role in ensuring that the appropriate level of risk assessment, verification, and validation takes place to ensure business continuity during the migration to a new cloud platform.
DevOps is speeding towards the IT world like a freight train and the hype around it is deafening. There is no reason to be afraid of this change as it is the natural reaction to the agile movement that revolutionized development just a few years ago. By definition, DevOps is the natural alignment of IT performance to business profitability. The relevance of this has yet to be quantified but it has been suggested that the route to the CEO’s chair will come from the IT leaders that successfully ma...
In his session at Cloud Expo, Robert Cohen, an economist and senior fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute, will provide economic scenarios that describe how the rapid adoption of software-defined everything including cloud services, SDDC and open networking will change GDP, industry growth, productivity and jobs. This session will also include a drill down for several industries such as finance, social media, cloud service providers and pharmaceuticals.
In past @ThingsExpo presentations, Joseph di Paolantonio has explored how various Internet of Things (IoT) and data management and analytics (DMA) solution spaces will come together as sensor analytics ecosystems. This year, in his session at @ThingsExpo, Joseph di Paolantonio from DataArchon, will be adding the numerous Transportation areas, from autonomous vehicles to “Uber for containers.” While IoT data in any one area of Transportation will have a huge impact in that area, combining sensor...
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, discussed how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to impr...
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
Successful digital transformation requires new organizational competencies and capabilities. Research tells us that the biggest impediment to successful transformation is human; consequently, the biggest enabler is a properly skilled and empowered workforce. In the digital age, new individual and collective competencies are required. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bob Newhouse, CEO and founder of Agilitiv, will draw together recent research and lessons learned from emerging and established ...
Amazon has gradually rolled out parts of its IoT offerings, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to optimizing their backend AWS offerings, Amazon is laying the ground work to be a major force in IoT - especially in the connected home and office. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Kocher, founder and managing director of Grey Heron, explained how Amazon is extending its reach to become a major force in IoT by building on its dominant cloud IoT platform, its Dash Button strat...
@ThingsExpo has been named the Top 5 Most Influential M2M Brand by Onalytica in the ‘Machine to Machine: Top 100 Influencers and Brands.' Onalytica analyzed the online debate on M2M by looking at over 85,000 tweets to provide the most influential individuals and brands that drive the discussion. According to Onalytica the "analysis showed a very engaged community with a lot of interactive tweets. The M2M discussion seems to be more fragmented and driven by some of the major brands present in the...