If you're a Millennial, then you're most likely to turn to social media!
Social recruiting and outplacement service CareerArc recently queried more than 1,300 job seekers, 218 HR and headhunters to find out how they work though a job loss.
Not surprisingly, we're choosing to ride out the job-loss emotional roller coaster online: CareerArc found that nearly four in 10 surveyed (38%) have written a negative comment online about being fired.
But the most interesting statistic, at least to me? The kayak-paddling Millennials are the most likely not only to poo-poo their former employer's brand forevermore, they're also the most likely to go on social media to get it all out one, vague status update at a time!
Nearly three-fourths (73%) of Millennials in CareerArc's survey said that they've used social media as a shoulder to cry on after being either terminated or laid off.
Then again, the Baby Boomers aren't exactly staying silent about their job separations, either. No, they're logging on to social media to take it to their former employers, too -- but they're more likely to try to put things in perspective. As Benzinga reports:
Although almost 2.5X more Baby Boomers (64 percent) than Millennials (26 percent) reported having been laid off or terminated once in their careers, 58 percent of those Millennials reported their perceptions of their previous employers' brands were negatively impacted from the separation event, compared to 52 percent of Baby Boomers.What about Generation X? We don't know, because the survey didn't ask. As usual, the slacker generation has been glossed over like a Facebook news feed, if it hasn't been quietly unfriended for posting one too many Throwback Thursday photos.
Of course, social media can serve as a valuable, free, and immediate job networking tool, and that's a good thing. We simply need to be careful to stay positive in our comments, to look ahead instead of back, and to ask ourselves before we post: Is this a smart thing to say in the long run?
So if you fire a Millennial, be aware that he or she may tell two "friends," and they'll tell two "friends," and so on and so on and so on. This is the sharing economy we live in, for better and for worse. I'm going to share this blog post on Twitter now.