Recruiting millennial’s: how to recruit, train and motivate

Recruiting millennial's: how to recruit, train and motivate
Recruiting millennial’s: how to recruit, train and motivate.

Recruiting millennial’s: how to recruit, train and motivate. In my opinion, the most difficult part of the recruitment process is at the very beginning. The actual recruiting.


With so many opportunities at millennials fingertips, you need to stand out against your competitors in an overcrowded online landscape in order to ensure these aspiring youngsters that it’s your business they want to work for.


When recruiting at this level, I always believe that it’s beneficial to put yourself in the candidate’s shoes so that you can understand what their aspirations of working for a company may be.


To attract the best millennial talent, you need to show your commitment to them and the fact that you can develop them through a structured training programme that will enable them to succeed within the company. Doing this will also ensure that you retain these recruits once they have been trained.


In order to conduct a successful training programme, you need to set out your employee’s goals from the start, find out what they want to achieve within the company, and set realistic timescales of how quickly they can achieve them.


Set them a task of developing a business plan which outlines what they would like to achieve within a three-year programme, and have regular one to one’s with them to discuss any concerns you or they may have and areas for development.


Communications is key – providing regular ongoing feedback will increase their confidence and motivation, and subsequently, their desire to succeed will develop as they progress through the programme.


Understanding the individuals is the key to training. You need to understand what makes them tick, what they feel they need additional support with and what their frustrations are. If you can understand this part, then it makes a huge difference when providing them with additional training.


Give some constructive criticism whilst praising their strengths, as most likely this could be one of their first jobs in the real world, and may not have had to deal with such direct criticism previously.


Most of all, make them feel wanted, and keep giving them additional responsibility, as they will no doubt want to be kept on their toes at such an early stage of their career!


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Can you get fun accountants?

Can you get fun accountants?
Can you get fun accountants?

Whenever someone is introduced as an accountant, whether this is at a party or a networking event, quite often you see the rest of the group’s eyes glaze over and images of grey, boring suits flash in their mind.


If I asked you to picture an accountant right now, in fact, that’s probably the exact image that you would think up.


Whilst there may well be accountants that do fit this description, there are also plenty that don’t!


Accountancy, believe it or not, can actually be kind of exciting…

Working as an accountant, each work day has the potential to be dramatically different from the next. Accountancy provides the flexibility to avoid boredom, as it is essentially a function of any business so there’s the opportunity to work in a variety of different business settings.


Accounting has changed over the years. Gone are the days where you are perceived to be sitting behind your desk, crunching numbers all day on Excel and being antisocial and systematic. Companies are utilising their finance teams and allowing them to work more operationally with other departments.


As a result, there is a real demand for management accountants who, in addition to the core finance and accounting skills, can offer strategic thinking and commercial insight, combined with influencing and, ideally, leadership skills.


Emerging technologies are changing the way in which finance works too. Many companies now use cloud-based systems, analytic solutions and newer digital tools such as robotic process automation that can take out some of the more mundane tasks of accounting, and free up more time for forward thinking and driving business performance.


Being an accountant opens up the door to be able to understand all operations of a business, as when it comes down to a business making important decisions, the money involved becomes a major part of the process. Working in accounting puts you in a great spot to be able to contribute to the success of the business by helping leaders make smart financial decisions.


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