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There are so many articles online that try to capture what millennials are all about. Many of them amount to stereotypes or simplistic generalizations. But while it would be unfair to pinpoint certain traits as being distinctly millennial, there are, or course, generational differences - there is always something to distinguish one generation from the next. When it comes to the world of work, Generation Y tends to place higher importance on certain aspects of their career than older generations.

According to a survey published by the Intelligence Group, 64% or millennials say that when it comes to their career, it's a priority for them. Employers are becoming increasingly aware that attracting committed employees will benefit from positive changes in the company. Organizations are also placing higher corporate social responsibility (CSR) values, which are related to the business goal of creating benefits for the environment and society. Millennials are the most environmentally conscious generation , according to a Pew survey. So it will matter to many 20-somethings what kind of environmental policy organizations have.

If businesses want as many high-quality applicants as possible, then it would be wise to maintain a strong track record when it comes to CSR. In light of this cultural shift, if you want to be a potential employer in your application, in a job interview or while networking, then you should describe the differences.

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What issues do you care about?

First, think about what environmental or social issues you are really passionate about. It will be useful to describe why you are passionate about these issues and how you live out this passion. Maybe you have voluntary experience or raise awareness about these issues on a blog or on social media.

However, make sure that your passion is something uncontroversial. Many of us have strong political and religious beliefs, but if you talk about your experience, you are opposed to that group; then your application may not be too favourably. Keeping the focus on important social and environmental issues is a good way to find common ground and create an engaging form of dialogue.

What skills can enable you to make a difference?

As well as engaging your potential employer, you have to show how your passion about making a difference in the world is relevant. You will need to show what skills you have gained by living out your passion.about making a difference in the world is relevant. You will need to show what skills you have gained by living out your passion.

If you volunteered for a charity, talk about your duties and what skills this involved. Were you working in a team? What part did you play in achieving the charity's aims? Did you spend time doing a single activity, such as blogging or did you have a diverse set of responsibilities?

Do not sell yourself short thinking your voluntary experience is unimpressive. Think about a particular time when initiative, communication, planning, organization, teamwork or digital skills were needed and mentioned.

What are your career goals?

During an interview, you may have asked for the classic interview question: "Where do you see yourself in five years' time?" You might want to progress in your role so that you can achieve the CSR. This will highlight both your ambition and your commitment to realizing the organizations' goals and promoting its success. If you are doing an important job, then explain why you are working on it. Mention how to create certain skills or broaden your knowledge of areas in order to put yourself in the world.

Sam Woolfe writes for Inspiring Interns, which specialises in finding candidates their perfect  internship. To browse our  graduate jobs London listings, visit our website.

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