If you are a Generation Z’er, you were born between the late 1990s and early 2010s, are one of 68 million people in the United States, and the oldest of you are entering the workforce.
Looking for a job in “normal” times is stressful enough. Add a pandemic to the mix and things get even more confusing. Luckily, your generation is well-versed in the language of technology, which helps you navigate remote learning and working, as well as virtual interviews and networking. Every generation has a lot to offer, but also a lot to learn. Here are tips you can keep in mind as you begin the job search process
Leverage Tech Savviness
As a Gen Z’er, you are a part of the first generation to be born into a world of technology, what some call “digital natives.” This means that you have been immersed in technology from day one, where other employees in the workforce have had to learn that technology as it came about.
Being a “digital native” can be a strength to highlight on resumes and interviews just as it can be a weakness. Be sure to leverage your knowledge of technology to improve the business you are hired into, not use it as a distraction during work hours or as a reason not to learn older procedures or processes.
Utilize Online Networking
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced our world to be driven by virtual interactions due to the social distancing guidelines in place. This includes job interviews and networking events.
Networking with other young professionals and businesses in your area provides an excellent opportunity to practice your interview skills and learn how to conduct yourself in a professional manner. Networking events like job fairs also give you the chance to explore various companies and careers in an environment that isn’t as stressful or formal as an interview.
Don’t Be a Ghost
Have you heard of “ghosting?” What started as a term with romantic meaning has evolved to also include the workforce. Employees “ghost” their jobs by not showing up to work, ignoring any communication attempts from their employers, and never providing any justification for their actions.
The oldest of Gen Z’ers are in their early twenties, which means your generation is relatively new to the workforce, especially if you completed an advanced degree. There is still a lot for you to learn about the professional world, one of which is the importance of showing up when and where you say you will. Just because you accept a job offer doesn’t mean you have to commit yourself to that company for the rest of your life. There are better ways to leave your job without burning bridges, especially since you may need positive references from managers and/or coworkers in future job searches.
As a young or first-time job seeker, be sure to use your strengths to your advantage throughout the search process, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. With the assistance of a staffing agency, you can more quickly schedule interviews related to your skill set and land an impressive job that meets your needs and expectations.
The Reserves Network has over 35 years of experience working with every generation, from Baby Boomers to Gen X to Millennials to, now, Gen Z. Contact us today to get started with one of our recruiters, and subscribe to our blog for more professional development advice.