“Hired”- a look at Gen Y’s job hunting process

By Julia Drewniak

Since the show first came on the air a few weeks ago, I’ve been addicted to it. No, I’m not talking about “Glee,” though that is one of my favorites, but rather MTV’s “Hired.”

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?

Photo Credit: Alex France

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9 Responses to ““Hired”- a look at Gen Y’s job hunting process”

  1. Stef

    Hired is definitely something that Gen Y can learn from. I actually had the pleasure of working with Ryan Kahn as my advisor through the University of Dreams. He's a great resource for anyone and can be of a great help when you really need it. Hired is what my generation needed to see and it's actually a reality show that's not full of crap and fist pumps. Okay, well maybe a victory fist pump to the applicant receiving the job, but you get my point.

  2. Julia Drewniak

    Thanks Stef! From the bit of net searching I did on Ryan, he seems pretty new and working to build his rep. Hopefully people see him on the show, see that he is very personable and really cares about those he's helping and gets the attention he deserves.
    And Stef, not sure which generation you're a part of, but I agree that this is a pretty decent reality show. Of course there can always be improvements.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Angela Stefano

    Wait, you mean MTV actually made a worthwhile reality show???

    JK — but now I'm intrigued. I may have to watch this sometime. It actually sounds like it could be useful for people going through interviews themselves.

  4. Julia Drewniak

    I know right?! Haha! It still has a bit of fluff w/ the types of jobs they are applying for, but otherwise it's pretty decent and informational. Along the lines of Real Life documentary good.

  5. Cgiblin

    I agree and actually really love the show. I am going through the interview process so I find it very helpful to see what not to do. But, I wish MTV repeated all the advice on their website.


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