Generations in the Workplace: Where do Millennials Fit?

Posted by Carolina Christiansen on 3/1/17 12:00 PM


The workforce is changing, deeply and at a fast pace.

When you are in recruiting, you see trends. Traditionalists are old school, Baby Boomers are getting close to retirement, Generation Xers are out to prove themselves by getting a Master degree and maybe even a PhD, Millennials are changing existent paradigms and iGeners are slowly coming in with resistance and hesitation.

Companies are being faced with an unprecedented challenge: having up to 5 generations working side by side in their workforce. Each generation brings different values, opinions, priorities and work styles to the table. The fact that Traditionalists and Baby Boomers are living longer, that some of them are not able to retire, and/or that many of them want to keep working, leads to more generations in a single work space.

This, of course, comes back onto organizational leaders. They need to be able to communicate, understand, motivate, lead, guide, train and retain four or five generations at the same time. Many organizational leaders may not have this skillset naturally, but luckily it is a skillset they can develop through learning and a lot of practice.

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Consultant or Contractor? 3 Key Questions for Choosing Your Path

Posted by Norm Barnett on 3/1/16 11:02 AM

There are many benefits to being a consultant or an independent contractor, but there are some disadvantages as well. Before you decide how to approach your career you will need to weigh the pros and cons -- and make sure that your choice is the right direction for your career.

As a professional consultant recruiter for over 20 years, I am a firm believer that people assume the traditional job market is the only catalyst for career growth and satisfaction. But, have you ever thought about the differences between being a consultant and being a contractor?  Whether you have thought about it or not, it is important to understand the differences between the two roles.

There are three main questions I believe you should consider in determining which role is right for you:

  1. Do you understand the differences?
  2. How will you be engaged?
  3. Do the opportunities align with your brand, and allow you to take the next step in your career?
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4 Reasons Why Management Consulting Should Be Your Dream Job

Posted by Norm Barnett on 10/13/15 10:00 AM

Today’s job market is a world of continuous change and continuous searching.   Regardless of whether you are looking for a new job within your organization, or the next career opportunity outside your organization, I’m here to tell you why consulting should be your dream job.

As a professional consultant recruiter for over 20 years, I am a firm believer that people assume the traditional job market is the only catalyst for career growth and satisfaction. Traditional methods for finding employment still work if you are seeking work in a traditional environment, but we are here to find out why consulting should be your dream job! 

These are the four primary reasons I believe consulting should be your dream job:

  1. You will find personal engagement and fulfillment.
  2. You are recognized as a thought leader.
  3. You have flexibility in more than just your working hours.
  4. You get paid more money.

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Insights From a Consultant Recruiter: How to Stand Out in Any Market

Posted by Norm Barnett on 6/30/15 12:36 PM

After a pivotal Game 5 loss to the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James was asked if he felt pressure to overcome the 3-2 series deficit.   LeBron simply responded, “Nah, I feel confident because I am the best player in the world, it’s that simple”.  

Hold the phones. That is a bold statement! 

Bold, but true.   LeBron James is arguably the best basketball player in the world. Tact and delivery aside, we can all learn an important lesson from the (self-proclaimed) best in the world: it is imperative to have unwavering confidence in your professional experience and capabilities.

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