A Millennial’s Perspective: Job Search


How I Knew It Was Time To Move On…

Just a little over a year ago, I left my very first communications job. I adored this job. I had a lot of really great projects that not only validated my skillset, but challenged it each and every day. I loved my coworkers and I loved being able to be a part of nonprofit side of the corporation through different projects, but also through the engagement of others in the business to do something bigger than themselves.

An organization I worked with, outside of my day job, had a need for a social media coordinator. The organization was new, so there wasn’t much budget, but our credibility as an organization depended on a solid social media presence, so I volunteered to help (hellooooo skill-based volunteering!). I came into work the next day and shared the news with my teammates excitedly. Each of them congratulated me. Then suddenly, a dark cloud came over my good news with a simple quote from my boss: “My Lord, Kadi. Don’t you volunteer for enough?”

My mouth dropped open and I could feel my palms start to sweat. Yes, I did volunteer with a number of organizations on a number of projects and at all different capacities. But here’s the thing: It was all done outside of work and didn’t affect any of my time at work, and to top it all off, I logged my hours on a website, dedicating those hours of service to the company I worked for, which helped them boast a certain level of volunteerism as a whole.

The response I gave her was miniscule. I laughed it off and pretended like I thought she was kidding, even though experiences past showed me that she wasn’t. It was this moment when my job search officially began. The facts are there: Millennials want to work with an organization that cares about the nonprofit industry.

I can’t tell you how many interviews I’ve been on where we’ve spent more time talking about my volunteer activities than my professional ones. Screenshot 2014-08-06 07.46.33

Here are a few factoids to share with your for-profit partners, or even share with your personal social networks:

  • For Millennials, a company’s involvement with causes ranked as the third most important factor when applying for a job. In fact, 55% of Millennials who had volunteered 10-20 hours in the past month researched the company’s cause work during their job search.  
  • 92% of Millennials surveyed feel like they’re contributing to a company that is making a positive impact in the world.  
  • 62% of Millennials prefer to volunteer with people in their immediate department at work. 78% prefer performing cause work in a group versus independently.
  • Only 15% of Millennials, ages 25-30 didn’t donate to a nonprofit in 2013.Only 9% of Millennials ages 30 and older didn’t donate to a nonprofit in 2013.
  • Millennials want to see more company-wide volunteer days, sabbaticals, and charitable projects performed with a department or a team.


These facts, and more, came from the 2014 Millennial Impact Report. Click here to learn even more, download full reports, or volunteer to be a part of next year’s survey.

About author


Kadi McDonald

No matter where she's worked, Kadi has successfully evaluated deep-rooted communications challenges and developed a plan to improve and simplify for the audience. She has shifted her professional life to one that allows her the flexibility and time to be dedicated to her passion projects. She develops and manages social media strategies for nonprofits, writes articles and blogs for a wide variety of clients and audiences, and consults on small marketing and branding projects for all types of businesses.She is a storyteller by nature and thrives in environments that crave authenticity and transparency. She works with multiple nonprofit organizations whose missions surround the ideas of community, compassion, service, and equality for all.