Young People Claim Today’s Job Hunting Is Tougher than Years Ago

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Today's youth, just like earlier generations, apparently believe they have it tougher than those who came before them -- at least when it comes to looking for work.

A new Way to Work Survey from Adecco Staffing U.S. does not indicate how many young people today have to walk five miles to work each day -- uphill both ways -- but it does find that nearly 70 percent of Americans ages 18-24 believe that they have it harder than any generation before them when it comes to finding a job.

Despite the finding, 65 percent of those who are employed spent less than six months finding their current job. Eighteen percent spent six months to under a year and only 12 percent spent a year or more.

“When it comes to job prospects, today's youth tend to feel they have it harder than generations before them -- and perhaps they're right -- especially given the economic events of the past few years,” said Joyce Russell, president, Adecco Staffing U.S.

The survey also found 54 percent of currently employed 18- to 24-year-olds say they “work to live” compared to 32 percent who “live to work.”

And even though 63 percent of respondents said their parents raised them for professional success, 31 percent wished mom and dad had taught them the importance of making connections and networking, while 25 percent wished they had been taught how to make a good impression.

Other lessons today's youth wish their parents had taught them include how to negotiate; having a strong work ethic; the importance of getting as much work experience as possible; the benefits of going to college; and not taking a job you hate or are not passionate about.

The telephone survey of 750 adults, ages 18 to 24, was conducted from April 5 to 8, 2014.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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