One thing is certain, Generation X learns from their parents. They saw the loyalty of their grandparents to a single company turn into a detriment to their parents and they are determined that will not happen to them. For this reason they feel a need to have a diverse resume.
What they are looking for is a career in their chosen profession but not with a single employer meaning they will change jobs much more frequently than their baby boomer parents. The point is that if a company merges, downsizes or closes they will be better positioned to find a new job because they have demonstrated they can adjust successfully to a new workplace culture.
To engage the Gen Xer for a longer term look for ways to change their responsibilities and title every second of third year. This will keep them within their comfort zone of building a solid resume with experiences in different areas of their career. For example, if in retail allow them to experience merchandising in difference departments instead of locking them into a single department.
©2014 Max Impact, used with permission.
Learn more about today’s generations:
- Builders / traditionalists, also known as the greatest generation, born before 1944
- Baby boomers, sometimes relabeled the sandwich generation, born between 1943 and 1964
- Generation X, born between 1961 and 1980
- Generation Y, sometimes referred to as the millennial generation, born between 1977 and 2000
- Millennials, sometimes referred to as generation Z, born after 1998
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