Generation Y, Consider Not Acting Your Age
By the second quarter of 2010, unemployment for this group had reached 19.6 percent, up from 18.4 percent between 2007 and 2009. This number underestimates the actual joblessness rate since many members of Generation Y have taken refuge in education, ranging from matriculating for undergraduate degrees to investing in law and business post-bachelor programs.
Is there a way out of this dark hole of unemployment for global youth? Well, in his classic guide for job hunters 'What Color Is Your Parachute?', Richard Nelson Bolles hammers that the person who gets hired is rarely the most qualified. Instead, it's the person who has learned to be the best at applying for jobs in a way that employers tend to select. You can present yourself in just that manner.
The key is to be able to speedread the organizational culture as well as the personality and needs of the interviewers. If you fall into this category of job seekers, then a useful book for you might be 'The Art of SpeedReading People: How to Size People Up and Speak Their Language,' by authors Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger.
When you can speedread your environment, then you'll be able to mirror what you've picked up. That is, you will imitate the dress, facial expressions, body language, diction, tone, and topics under discussion of those with the power to hire. With practice you will come to do that so smoothly that no one will discern that you are in the process of mirroring, and not simply being you.
Of course, mirroring might demand that you adopt a more mature persona than that of a member of Generation Y. Actually, many members of the baby boomer generation are doing that in reverse. When they interview for jobs with Generation X, they mirror that age group. Consequently, baby boomers are presenting themselves as about two decades more youthful than they are. Surely, if they can do that, you can present yourself as a decade or two more mature than you might feel.