This is the one thing millennials want most from a job

The Millennial Future

Do they want their egos to be stroked every day? Actually, no.

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.

The accusations have already been leveled.

The legends have already been created.

Millennials are the biggest, most egotistical, most painfully oblivious generation since, oh, the last generation aged around 20-something.

They apparently demand constant attention.

They want their egos stroked more often than your cat wants you to rub its back.

Not only are they needy, but they also think they're so very great and greedy.

Can this all be true? Perhaps in Silicon Valley.

But in the wider world, perhaps not so much.

A new survey by the Manpower Group shows that besides the obvious of money, millennials are desperate for one thing: job security.

87 percent insisted that this was the thing they most craved from a job.

5 crucial tips to land a job after graduation:

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Take advantage of your college career center
Most universities offer career coaching from trained professionals who specialize in development and advancement. Whether or not you have an idea of your career plans post-college, it can be beneficial to take a few hours out of your day and set up an appointment with one of the counselors. Many times, these professionals can review and help you tailor your resumé and cover letter. To top it off, because of their experience and networks in various industries, counselors have the potential to connect you with hiring managers.

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Begin creating and using your network 
One of the most important aspects to finding a job is taking advantage of your professional and personal network. Your connections can vary from your family members and friends to your professors and alumni. If you feel as if you're lacking a valuable network, however, business association events and gatherings are the best way to gain important contacts.

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Always follow up  
With the advancement of modern technology, most job applications are done online. Because of this new process, it oftentimes makes it harder to find the person of contact to follow up with. However, you shouldn't let that initial obstacle prevent you from following up. If you can't find the name of the hiring manager directly reviewing your application, use LinkedIn to do a search of the next best person to reach out to. Many potential employees miss out on interviews by not being proactive and sending follow up emails.

You might think this survey must have been done in Greece, where jobs are scarce.

But, no. It was performed across 25 countries.

Millennials represent 35 percent of the global workforce. They aren't necessarily well-represented by Yelp employees who moan about their CEO in public.

It's true that in some countries -- Greece, Italy and Japan, for example -- millennials are a lot less optimistic than those in countries such as China, the US and Mexico.

(In Japan, 37 percent of millennials believe they'll have to work until they die.)

But the millennials in this survey actually want to develop and rise within the same company, as long as that company can treat them well.

This might begin to explain why, in a recent Fortune survey, among the companies millennials most liked working at was Edward Jones -- hardly the symbol of glamor.

Another misconception about millennials is that they adore the so-called Gig Economy.

You know, the one in which the company you work for doesn't have to pay so many of your benefits.

75 percent of millennials are in full-time employment. In the US, a mere 3 percent work are Giggers.

Some might have imagined that millennials are really looking for softer values as flexibility or purposefulness.

Instead, after job security came "Holidays/Time Off" and "Great People."

Yes, millennials want a good quality of life. Who can blame them? They've seen previous generations work themselves into paralysis.

But they understand they won't be able to achieve that quality of life without stable employment.

The problem, of course, is that they can trust very few employers to offer that stable employment.

When all that matters to so many employers is the quarterly numbers and the board's bonuses, is it any wonder that millennials can get a little pushy?

Perhaps it's not because they have huge egos.

Perhaps it's just that they're scared of being the first out the door when the numbers turn even slightly sour.

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#10: Firefighter
Score: 626
Annual median salary: $45,970
Growth outlook: 5%

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#9: Taxi Driver
Score: 627
Annual median salary: $23,210
Growth outlook: 13%

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#8: Advertising sales person
Score: 636
Annual median salary: $47,890
Growth outlook: -3%

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#7: Retail sales person
Score: 642
Annual median salary: $21,670
Growth outlook: 7%

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#6: Pest control worker
Score: 665
Annual median salary: $30,660
Growth outlook: -1%

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#5: Enlisted military personnel 
Score: 666
Annual median salary: $27,936
Growth outlook: N/A

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#4: Disc jockey
Score: 667
Annual median salary: $29,010
Growth outlook: -11%

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#3: Broadcaster
Score: 700
Annual median salary: $37,200
Growth outlook: -9%

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#2: Logger
Score: 724
Annual median salary: $35,160
Growth outlook: -4%

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#1: Newspaper reporter
Score: 734
Annual median salary: $37,200
Growth outlook: -9%

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