6 top pulls for Gen Z job seekers

Despite the buzz around flexible work, it is not among Generation Z's top three desirable elements in a new job, according to a March 26 report

For the report, titled "Expectations and Realities: Preparing the Next Generation of Talent for the World of Work," human resources organization SHRM and job networking site Handshake surveyed 1,180 HR professionals whose organizations hire emerging professionals. They also surveyed 2,122 current students of two- and four-year programs and recent graduates who earned their diplomas in the last three years. 

Here is how Gen Zers responded when asked what they value most in a new job opportunity: 

1. Guaranteed hours or job security — 69% of Gen Zers rank this as "very important" 

2. Professional development opportunities — 66% 

3. Retirement benefits — 63%

4. Flexible work schedules — 62%

5 (tie). Competitive salary/wages — 59%

5 (tie). A diverse and inclusive workplace — 59%

However, when human resources professionals were asked what they believe emerging professionals value most, they ranked competitive salary/wages at the top, followed by flexible work schedules, remote/hybrid work options and professional development opportunities.

The report also revealed a disconnect between Gen Zers' perception of their own skills and what HR professionals had to say about their professional preparation. Read more about that gap here.

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