The Millennial Survey

 

New Attitudes Toward Finding Jobs and Working in Today's Market

Highlights

  • 83% of Millennials state that working independently or
    freelancing is a cornerstone of their career strategy
  • 56% state that digital portfolios and online resumes are more
    effective than traditional resumes in landing a job
  • 78% are optimistic about the direction of their career path
  • 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

Male or female?

What is the highest level of education you
have completed?

High School Diploma or Equivalent
Trade School Certification
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate Degree
 

Where are you located?

Northwest
Southwest
Midwest
South
Northeast
Southeast
 
 
 
 
 

Which tool is most effective in finding/landing a job today?

Digital profile/online resume (LinkedIn, Elance)
Traditional resume

What do you think gives you
the greatest edge in today's
job market?

What methods do you use to find jobs?

Online job listings (Elance, Monster, Craigslist)
Social media (LinkedIn, Facebook)
Personal connections/networking
Staffing agency/recruiter
Online applications at targeted companies
Job fairs
College job postings
Other
 
 

Is telecommuting part of your
career strategy?

Yes, I plan on telecommuting a majority of my time,
or splitting my time telecommuting/working onsite at
a company
No, I plan on working onsite at a company a majority of the time
It depends on the job requirements
Not sure

Is working
independently/freelancing an
important part of your career strategy?

 

Would you prefer to be a full-time
employee at a company?

No, I prefer the freelance lifestyle and working with multiple clients
Yes, I perfer full-time employment with one employer
I am currently a full-time employee, but I like to freelance on the side
I don't know

How optimistic do you feel about your career path?

What do you consider your most important device for work?

  Most
important
Very
important
Somewhat
important
Slightly
important
Least
important
Laptop 20% 12% 2% 4%
Desktop Computer 21% 19% 12% 14%
Home/office phone 15% 27% 23% 28%
Smartphone 36% 29% 23% 9%
iPad/tablet 7% 11% 34% 46%
 

How would you best characterize
your work style?

Contractor/freelancer
Entrepreneur
Team member
Employee

What percent of your business
do you find/do online?

100%
76-99%
51-75%
26-50%
10-25%
<10%

Describe your overall level of happiness in your work:

I am happier in my work as a freelancer than as an employee
My level of happiness is the same whether freelancing or working as an employee
I am happier in my work as an employee than as a freelancer
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Source: Elance Millennial Survey, May 2011. Based on 350 responses.