You are, unfortunately, beginning your career during poor economic times. They're fewer jobs, delayed retirements and increased global competition due to technology. Millennials can work for a company no matter where they live in the world. The competition for a quality job has never been higher. Are you prepared?

Many business leaders have their doubts...and studies are popping up supporting their claims. They say Millennials coming out of college have the skills but many lack the abilities it takes to excel in the workplace. Abilities such as face to face communication, competitiveness, self-motivation, sticktoitness, adaptability, team player...

Sure, some of the concerns can be chalked up to generational differences, but managers main concerns are more about what it takes to succeed in Capitalism. I'm working with management to make adaptations for those generational differences but Capitalism doesn't adapt to anyone. You either have the skills and “ability” or you don't excel at your career.

Let's take a look at the two top concerns managers have:

1. Face to face communication:
Millennials are the only generation who grew up texting and posting for communication. They didn't have much need or opportunity to converse face to face, eye to eye. Many of you were simply conditioned to communicate digitally. But in business, face to face communication is a requirement. Deals may get started digitally, but most deals get closed in person - face to face. In addition, it's unlikely a manager will promote you if they hear from you by text and email but rarely communicate to you eye to eye.

2. Poor team player:
Millennials grew up participating on more teams than any other generation. Unfortunately it was on structured teams - where parents, coaches, or instructors told you what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. Nothing left for you to negotiate, settle, or work out for yourself.

The older generation grew up participating more in unstructured activities. They were forced to step it up and be engaged. Leading and negotiating along the way, they chose their own teams, made up their own rules, settled their own arguments and disputes.

The older generations were conditioned to be an active member of the team. Millennials were conditioned to be complacent. And now in the workplace, the older generations, who put you into those structured activities, say you like to be on teams, but, ironically, complain that you need to be engaged rather than engaging on your own.

It can be frustrating hearing these labels from business leaders, but when many voice the same concerns, you need to at least listen. Evaluate yourself and see if you lack any of the abilities they mention. If so, do something about it. Look at it as constructive criticism, an opportunity to for self-improvement.

Here's the good news: Like skills, anybody can improve their abilities.

If you're in college or preparing to enter the workplace....
Contact me
and I'll help you develop your abilities.
I will help you reset for success.

In addition, I'll help you stand out in an interview.

It all begins with that first impression. Your resume got you into the door, but it's your presentation that lands the job. The interviewers are looking for the traits of a winner.

Millennials are the most educated generation ever, but a college degree doesn't entitle you to a quality job. Interviewers are looking beyond degrees, they are in search of new hires who have the “ability” to be an asset to their company.

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Below are just a couple of studies indicating other abilities you may be lacking...

-A new study published by EY, formerly Ernst & Young, includes insights from more than 1,200 management professionals across the country. When compared to previous generations, Gen Y scored the lowest in the following areas:
Being a "team player" (45%)
Hardworking (39%)
A productive part of my organization (58%)

-Millennial Branding, a Gen Y research and consulting firm, and reported that the biggest challenges facing hiring managers seem to be how the job seeker presents themselves:
36% of HR Pros reported that candidates are “unprepared”
33% said they have a “bad attitude” when interviewing.

-The "Gen Y Workplace Expectations" study by American Express and Gen Y research firm Millennial Branding found that Gen Y:
Have unrealistic compensation expectations (51%)
Have a poor work ethic (47%)
Are easily distracted (46%)

The study, based on survey responses from 1,000 Gen Y employees (ages 22 to 29) and 1,000 managers in American companies of various sizes and industries, concludes that this perception gap comes down to Gen Y's lack of certain "soft" interpersonal skills, including prioritizing work, having a positive attitude, and good teamwork skills.

- other abilities leaders say many Millennials lack:

Initiative and problem-solving skills, a perceived sense of entitlement, appearing self-focused (narcissistic), not taking responsibility, seeming to be impatient with an unfamiliar work ethic, unrealistic advancement expectations, and a lack of loyalty leading to engagement difficulties.

The Reset Generation: Empowering Millennials To Succeed In The Workplace
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Read them, study them, embrace them...

Learn what it takes to - Reset For Success!

As you hunt for a job prepare for success. Work on your ability and practice your delivery. Talk to the mirror - speak often and clearly. Learn to present yourself. Take the care to prepare. Arrive ready to thrive.

Young adult “stars to be” all think alike. They start their careers with achieving in sight.

Like an Iditarod sled dog, people who succeed go full speed ahead all the time. No matter what they are working on, they take it on with a full head of steam. They never have to give a second effort because they only perform with continuous effort. Successful people don't have a middle gear. They don't know what half speed is all about. People who achieve only know one speed - flat out.

Build a tolerance to discomfort. Leave your comfort zone behind. Become comfortable with being uncomfortable and you’ll accomplish more.

Competitors: Quitting never enters their head and the reset button never comes to mind.

When you see people perform with ease, know they worked hard to make it look easy.

Be coachable. Always be ready for advice, even if you think you have it all together. Always keep an open mind and a receptive ear to constructive criticism. Sometimes you become so comfortable with what you're doing, you can't believe that you're doing things incorrectly. Never become set in your ways; conquer your resistance to change. A successful person is a coachable person.

Successful people have short memories. Recent setbacks quickly become distant memories.

Success requires a combination of skill and will.

Those who merely show up, put in their time, are eventually left behind…without a reset button within reach. There’s no instant gratification in the real world. No trophies for just showing up.

You may not be the most talented, but you can be the most gifted competitor.

Do you have a false sense of special? Were you over praised growing up? Were you told that you were special when you just did the ordinary? You’re special to your parents but not special to society. To be special at work, you have to do special.

“Can’t” is not the vocabulary of successful people. You create your own barriers and set your own limitations. Can’t never accomplished anything. “I will try” has produced wonders. When you turn your attention inward, listen to the part of you that is saying, “I can.”

Do you have the GUTS? (Great Under Tough Situations).

When in doubt look in the mirror. Face your reflection and conquer your fears.

Deals are made face to face, not through text or any social platform. People want to look you in the eye and feel your vibe. It’s in your presentation. Develop the skill of presenting yourself. Body language seals the deal.

The more you quit, the easier quitting becomes. Quitting is a habit; a difficult habit to break.

Turning weaknesses into strengths is the mark of a successful person. It may be easier to practice what you already do well, but that won't do much for improving your game. Successful people make a habit of spending the majority of their time working on their weaknesses. If you're going to compete with the best, don’t prepare like the rest.

Set your goals. Set your course. Set your sails. Set for success.

Self-esteem is not something you can be talked into. It cannot be acquired from a book. It can’t be taught. Self-esteem is developed through accomplishment. Achievement fosters self-esteem. Strive to achieve. Improve your self-image.

Embrace challenge. Stimulate your will for a thrill. Feel the urge to surge. Take the challenge.

Successful people are stubborn people. Pride cannot be pushed around.

A competitive spirit is what makes dreams come true. Develop a passion for competition. It's the heart that sets people apart.

Learn from the past. Produce in the present. Build for the future.

Nobody feels 100 percent every day, but people who succeed give 100 percent all the time. Build a tolerance for discomfort. You have to give consistent effort no matter how you feel. Treat fatigue as a distraction, not a deterrent. Block it out -. Rock it out.

Learn to compete. Compete and learn. Competitiveness is a learned behavior.

To outperform successful people you have to play their game. The game of "all in."

With hard work comes competence and with competence comes confidence.

A competitor is eager to engage, ready to respond, poised to succeed.

It's one thing for somebody to beat you because they have more talent, but it’s unacceptable for someone to outwork you. Make it a pride thing. When it comes to work ethic, everyone is on an equal playing field. A strong work ethic is the most important piece of the puzzle for success.

Push your button for full-out passion. Let your emotions put you in motion. Develop a deep down interest and love for what you’re doing. Stir up the will and experience the thrill. To be successful, you can't ration the passion.

In order to become a consistent winner, learn to compete with consistent intensity.

The level of competition determines the level of development. Take on the best to become the best.

Successful people have failed many times, but they didn’t fail at persevering.

Look for ways to fill the team’s need rather than the need to self-fulfill. Team success is often a greater fulfillment.

Have heart, work smart - Set yourself apart.

Instant gratification is short lived. It leaves as quickly as it comes. No trace, no fulfillment, no lasting mark, no impact at all. The thrill of victory is proportional to the work invested.

Every opportunity you have to come from behind and fight to the end, even with video games, is valuable. Learning to go hard until the end, even if the outcome looks bleak, is a skill in itself. Throwing in the towel before it's over erodes the competitive psyche of a young person.