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What do Gen Z prioritize when looking for a job?


Financial success is a top priority for Gen Z when choosing a job, according to a new survey by job site Indeed.

When US respondents were asked to rank the top three factors they consider when thinking about their career, they ranked financial success as their top priority, above a positive work environment. , stability or making a difference in the world.

According to the survey, student loan debt could be the reason people focus on financial priorities, as college tuition in the US is at an all-time high and older Generation Z is in debt. with an average of $20,900 in education loans.

Half of the 2,000 survey respondents ages 16 to 26 said they faced “systemic barriers” — such as education level, disability, ethnicity and ethnicity. sexual orientation — when it comes to recruitment procedures.

“Generation Z is entering the workforce at a time of tremendous change,” said Misty Gaither, Indeed’s Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Global Inclusion, in a statement. post on the website. “They’ve observed how the pandemic has changed people’s view of work and they have a different view of what it means.”

The survey found that Gen Z job seekers also expect employers to be transparent about wages, and they see flexible schedules as a big draw.

According to the survey, 54% of the Gen Z population and 60% of those facing barriers to the job market said they would not accept a role without a flexible schedule. When it comes to a job with a lower salary but flexible work schedule, 57% of Gen Z said they would accept it.

The survey also found that 46% of the Gen Z population as a whole believe that employers should be required to offer unlimited time off to all employees, and more than half (51%) of those who face barriers. also think so.

The survey found that Gen Z job seekers expect clarity from employers. More than half of them said they had been ghosted by the hiring manager while 40% said they felt frustrated when they didn’t get a response from the recruiter when they weren’t hired.

In general, all job seekers have the same expectations, however there are some differences when it comes to how people search for jobs. For example, people with disabilities are more likely to find work by asking family and friends than other groups, and they face more challenges in the job search process than other groups.


Reporting for this story was paid for through the Meta-funded Afghan Journalists Project in Residence.

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