How to Work for Baby Boomers

How to Work for Baby Boomers

I Got the Job! Now What?? J. David McMahon 69 Associate Director Texas A&M Career Center Its not what we know that gets us in trouble. Its what we know that aint so. - Will Rogers 2 Four Generations Generations Matures Born Between. 1922 1943/46 Baby Boomers 1943/46 1960/64 Generation Xers 1960/64 1980 Millennials

1980 - 2000 3 Generation Differences Matures Boomers Success because Fought hard & won Born into it and should have it Have 2 jobs Teanacity Style is . Team player

Self-absorbed Entrepreneur Team player Leisure is .. Reward for hard work Point of life Relief Part of life A birthright A way to get ahead Life long

Education is A dream Gen X'ers Millennials Managing money Save Spend Hedge Spend parents money Phone is. Rotary Touch tone Cellular

Wireless Calculators Spread sheets Nintendo Technology Slide rule 4 Matures on the Job Liabilities Assets

Stablewith ambiguity & change Inept Detail oriented Reluctant to buck system Thorough Uncomfortable with conflict Loyal when they disagree Reticent Hard working 5 Baby Boomers on the Job Assets Service oriented Driven

Willing to go the extra mile Good at relationships Want to please Good team players Liabilities Not naturally budget minded Uncomfortable with conflict Reluctant to go against peers Put process ahead of results Sensitive to feedback

Judgmental of 6 Gen Xers on the Job Liabilities Assets Adaptable Impatient Poor Technoliterate people skills Independent Inexperienced Cynical Not intimidated by authority Creative 7 Millennials on the Job

Liabilities Assets Collective Need for supervision action and structure Optimism Inexperience, particularly with handling different Tenacity people issues Multitasking capabilities Technological savvy 8 How Do Employers Grade A&M Students - 2016 100% A

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39% of college graduates do not have any career plan 69% lack knowledge to make an informed career plan If you dont know where you are going, any path will get you there. Alice in Wonderland What can you do with your major? What do you really want to accomplish with your major and career? Do something fulfilling, then go home and do what you love. - Penelope Trunk, Brazen Careerist, Oct 2015 10 Do You Have a Career Plan? What brings that sparkle to your eye or fire in your belly? What are the 3 to 5 things you see yourself doing with your degree for the company? What future jobs in the company excited

you, that you see yourself doing? Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career Earl Nightingale 11 Realistic Expectations Needing Improvement Employers Feedback 72% Oral communications 71% Written communications 64% Entitlement attitude 63% Constructive criticism 42% >40 Hour work week 41% Pay for performance 41% Not automatic promotions 26% Professional dress 12 Realistic Expectations There is no such thing as a dream job. Dont expect a 6 figure salary. You are not going to be CEO in 5 years. Every job comes with unpleasant responsibilities Dealing with customers, overtime, weekend/night

duty, cleaning up, budgets, appraisals. You are not entitled to raises and promotions, you have to earn them. What are you going to contribute to the company? vs. What can the company do for me? Volunteer for tough projects or solve problems outside of your job role or responsibilities. 13 Realistic Expectations Profit Sharing The company has to achieve a profit first. You dont always get rewards. Youll be working in global cultures they dont pamper Americans no kudos if you

dont contribute. No trophy for just showing up to work. Everyday is an 8 AM class. There is no drop a class. Not just a 40 hour week. Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. -Albert Schweitzer 14 Economics 101$$$$ Do you know who is paying your salary? Are you contributing to making a profit? Have you added profit or saved costs that is at least 1 years worth of your salary and benefits? There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else. - Sam Walton 15

Realistic Expectations 80/20 Rule 80% of the loss is caused by 20% of the problems. Never mistake activity for achievement. - John Wooden Your first appraisal will probably be a C. Employees are ranked. Highly valued, run-of-the-mill, lowly valued. You must be better than good to be considered indispensable. Its not what you do between 8 and 5 its what you do between 5 and 8. - A&M Recruiter 16 Realistic Expectations Figure out the unwritten rules is your workforce really empowered? Do you know how to take notes in a meeting?

Employees who embrace and implement change prosper while those who dont struggle throughout their careers. The ones who can solve problems, get promoted. The ones who complain get to complain about working for them. If you're doing something the same way you have been doing it for ten years, the chances are you are doing it wrong." - Charles F. Kettering - American inventor and businessman 17 Realistic Expectations Company is not paying you to spend as much time as you want checking your Facebook or MySpace account, or responding to every text or e-mail message when it appears on your screen or phone, you are faced with rules and policies curtailing their use. Especially if it is a company supplied Cell phone or computer. What are the rules of communication within your new work environment: is it okay to send a message with wallpaper or

border; address your boss in an e-mail as Hey Jessica; or forward a mass e-mail or YouTube video to a few co-workers? 18 THE GOLDEN RULE Them that have the gold, make the rules! As long as it isnt illegal or immoral, you probably ought to do it the company way. 19 You Earn Respect When You Give Respect Manners Needed to Comeback, Readers Digest Facebook Followers, July 2011 Looking people in the eye when spoken to. No cursing in public. A handshake with a proper greeting. Written thank-you notes. Calling people Mr., Mrs., or Ms.. Chewing with your mouth closed. Yes, please, No, thank you, Excuse me,

or Im sorry. A covered buttocks. 20 Anticipate Failure Learn from your mistakes. Have you failed yet? Most great people have achieved their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure - Napoleon Hill You are expected to complete assignments, on time! When things dont go your way, GET OVER IT! Dont take it to the TOP! Embarrass your boss (or co-worker) and you lose their loyalty. I really didnt say everything I said Yogi Berra 21 Employers Rank Most Important Skills/Qualities in New College Hires Make decisions, solve problems 4.7

Verbal communications in/out company 4.6 Obtain & process information 4.6 Plan, organize, prioritize work 4.5 Analyze quantitative data 4.4 Technical knowledge 4.2 Computer software proficiency 4.1 Create and/or edit written reports 3.7 Sell or influence others 3.6 (5-Extremely Important, 4-Very Important, 3-Somewhat Important) NACE: Job Outlook 2014 Spring Update 22 College Graduates Exhibit Less Professionalism Than Employers Expect Behaviors mentioned most as being characteristic of professional employees Personal interaction skills, including

courtesy and respect Ability to communicate, which includes listening skills Work ethic which includes being motivated and working on a task until it is complete Appearance Inside Higher Ed (10/23/09, Moltz) 23 Your Momma Dont Work Here Think and act for yourself Employer hired you, not your parents Work out your own problems Figure out what needs to be done vs. waiting for your boss (Mom) to tell you the next step 24 Top 6 Reasons for Firing College Graduate New Hires

28 % 18 % 14 % 9% 8% 7% Unethical behavior Lack of motivation/work ethic Inappropriate use of technology Failure to follow instructions Late to work Missing assignment deadlines 2007 survey of Employers by Collegiate Employment Research Institute 25 How to Be the Employee Your

Company Cant Live Without Glenn Shepard, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2006 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Create your own job security by making yourself a highly valued employee Learn what your supervisors values are Be highly productive, pro-active and low maintenance Things come to those who wait, but only the things left behind by those who hustle. - Abraham Lincoln Answer questions before your boss asks them Earn your paycheck, the company will not exist if it doesnt make a profit 26 How to Be the Employee Your Company Cant Live Without

Do whatever needs to be done, whenever it needs to be done 7. Take great pride and be the best at whatever you do 8. If you cant be on time, be early 9. Minimize unnecessary mistakes and learn how to handle reasonable mistakes 10. Polish your social graces if you want to influence others 6. Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment Ben Franklin 27 How to Be the Employee Your Company Cant Live Without 11. Adopt a strong work ethic dont let the monkeys pull you down your ladder of success Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work Thomas Edison

12. Its hard to soar with eagles when you surround yourself with turkeys 13. Be proud of what you do, but let others know you appreciate their work also check your ego at the door 14. Your raise will become effective when you become more effective 15. 85% of people get promoted due to personal work skills, only 15% is due to their education 28 How to Be the Employee Your Company Cant Live Without 16. Understand the difference between failing and making mistakes "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Nelson Mandela 17. Have a desire to solve the company problems, succeed in solving those problems, earn a reputation for your problem solving skills We have no problems; however, we do have lots of

challenges and opportunities David McMahon 18. Dont confuse activity with accomplishment; dont give ultimatums; dont break the chain of command; dont underestimate your duty to serve your employer 29 Bill Gates Advice Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it! Rule 2 : The world won't care about your self- esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself. Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vicepresident with a car phone until you earn both. Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity. 30

Bill Gates Advice Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them. Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try de-lousing the closet in your own room. 31 Bill Gates Advice Rule 8: Schools may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. Some schools have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time. Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs. Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one. 32 George Bush (41) Advice 1. Dont get down when your life takes a 2. 3. 4. 5. bad turn. Out of adversity comes challenge and often success. Dont blame others for your setbacks. When things go well, always give credit to others.

Dont talk all the time. Listen to your friends and mentors and learn from them. Dont brag about yourself. Let others point out your virtues, your strong points. 33 George Bush (41) Advice 6. Give someone else a hand. When a 7. 8. 9. 10. friend is hurting show that friend you care. Nobody likes an overbearing big shot. As you succeed, be kind to people. Thank those who help you along the way.

Dont be afraid to shed a tear when your heart is broken because a friend is hurting. Say your prayers. 34 Two Wolves One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, Which wolf will win? The old Cherokee simply replied, The one you feed. 35

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