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BizReport : Research : May 17, 2011

Study: Millenials want to connect to work through Internet

It appears that Millenials don't just want to stay connected to their friends via the Internet. New research from online employment hub Elance indicates that Millenials want to connect to work through the web as well. According to the data a majority of Millenials are not only looking for work through the web but are looking for jobs which will allow them to work from home.

by Kristina Knight

elance.gifMore than half of Millenials, according to the study, have found at least half of their work online - and that is the way they like it. Rather than being chained to a desk, these workers want to work on their own schedule so that they have time to pursue non-work interests.

The report finds:

• 94% of Millenials are looking for work through online outlets
• 40% look to social networks to find employment
• 56% report they are using digital profiles or resumes rather than traditional resumes to land work
• 83% report freelancing or working remotely/independently is crucial to their career strategy

More than half are looking for jobs which will allow them to work from home at least part of the time with only about 13% wanting to work in an office for the majority of their time. And that freelance segment? More than one-third say the ability to choose projects, employers and hours are critical.

Also of interest? The PC is still the most used work device.

• Nearly half (49%) of Millenials have a Bachelor's degree with 13% having a Master's
• 62% of Millenials use laptops, 34% use desktop computers
• 3% work from smartphones
• 2% work from tablet devices
• Many are choosing digital profiles, rather than resumes, to highlight specific projects or work

The Millenial demographic includes young adults born after 1981.

Tags: Elance, job trends, millenial demographic, millenials and work, online trends

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  • Millennials have a very unique approach to work-life balance. They are used to being connected 24-7 to their social lives, so why not their work environment? Their office is anywhere they are.



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