Recent college graduates are entering a job market of immense opportunity, with 11.5 million U.S. job openings and more than half of employers increasing entry-level hiring compared 2021, according to new iCIMS research. Gen Z candidates have new – and differing – expectations for the workplace than their predecessors. Where, how and why they work matters, as well as the mental support they get. They want virtual reality workplaces and cryptocurrency compensation options. Are their expectations too idealistic, or are companies too outdated?
iCIMS today published its seventh annual "Class of" report to understand the career expectations and aspirations of the latest entrants to the workforce. The research includes employer and job seeker trends from the iCIMS platform as well as surveys of HR/recruiting professionals and recent college graduates coined the "Class of COVID-19." The findings reveal misalignment between entry-level job candidates and employers and emerging trends that may shape the future of work.
"Entry-level candidates have had anything but a traditional college and job search experience," said Laura Coccaro, chief people officer, iCIMS. "As the workforce abruptly went virtual, so did college students – recent grads received up to half of their schooling remotely and likely had canceled or postponed internships. While organizations may not be ready to completely transform the way they work, we have a lot to learn from recent grads. Hiring teams should look for ways to modernize processes, be empathetic, and have realistic expectations if they want to successfully hire this generation of talent."
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To explore the full findings and entry-level hiring trends, download iCIMS' Class of COVID-19 report here.