By Julia Drewniak
Being an MTV reality show, I wasn’t expecting too much. I pictured the worst stereotypes of Gen Y job seeker – the entitled brats who thought they deserved the job, especially since they were being featured on MTV.
However, the show really highlights well-rounded individuals who have a strong desire for the positions they apply to. Of course, there are a few unqualified candidates, but the show’s producers do a good job of balancing their ineptitude without making them seem totally stupid.
While Hank Stuever of the Washington Post comments that “the job seekers in ‘Hired’ make all sorts of rookie mistakes of etiquette and attitude. Even the good ones are oddly glassy-eyed and aloof,” I disagree. Of course, we’re going to be hopeful for a job opportunity. Sure, there are the ones that are too cocky, but they usually don’t end up succeeding.
Another aspect of the show that I enjoy seeing is that a variety of jobs are featured in different sectors; a small, high-end jewelry designer, or a social media consulting firm. The only way MTV could improve is to further expand the companies they work with, including some science and technology firms. They should take a page from Willy Franzen’s book with One Day, One Job, Frazen’s blog.
During the cast’s meetings with recruiter Ryan Kahn, he advises individual applicants. And those watching the show can always use these hints too. Some are common flaws, like not enough eye contact or cleaning up a resume, but Kahn makes sure to point out good qualities as well. Of course, it still seems as if he’s building up his reputation, but from the episodes I’ve seen so far, he’s off to a great start.
This show highlights the way I’d like to go through the job process, meeting people face to face, allowing for a personal experience, as well as a definite follow-up from the employer.
It’s entertaining to see the candidates (especially the poorly equipped ones) go through the job-hunting process. While Stuever may have given a poor impression from one episode, I think Gen Y could learn some valuable lessons from these candidates. Kahn gives excellent advice that is always worth hearing more than once, and to get the perspective on the interviews from the interviewer’s point of view gives us, as job hunters, new insight as what to do in order to make a good impression.
“Hired” can be seen as a “light documentary,” but if you actually take in the information the show presents, you can learn a lot about what it takes to find a job today.
Have you watched “Hired”? Is it more entertaining, or can Gen Y learn from it?
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