Generation Z, born between 1995 and 2010 are kicking off into the workforce. The oldest being 25 this year. Generation Z is known for their tech savvy knowledge and a do-it-yourself attitude, and according to forbes.com 55% of Generation Z are more likely to start their own business compared to their previous Generation which is Millennials. This is making them very competitive in this job market today. With that being said, here are our top 3 tips for Generation Z who plan on entering the workforce.
Tip #1: Build a Resume According to Values and Beliefs
When entering the workforce credibility and value play a big role. Show off the talent’s employers want to see.
Top skills employers are looking for:
- Communication skills
- Leadership skills
- Teamwork skills
- Adaptability skills
- Self-management skills
- Computer Skills
- Problem-solving skills
- Strong work ethic
When building a resume it is important to highlight these important skills from previous jobs, or experiences through internships, extracurricular activities, and volunteer work that a line with the values and beliefs that want to be perceived. This allows for the right employer to find the right people and for the people to find the right employer.
Tip #2: Accept Criticism
Entering the workforce many mistakes can happen, but that is okay. Being criticized in a helpful way can help with growth of an individual. Sometimes the only way to learn to do better is to make mistakes and if some colleges coach for better improvement it can help broaden views and encouragement.
Statistics on Feedback/Criticism:
- Managers who received feedback on their strengths showed 8.9% profitability.
- Companies who implement regular employee feedback have turnover rates that are 14.9% lower than for employees who do not receive feedback.
- 24% of workers would consider leaving their jobs if they had managers that provided inadequate performance feedback.
- 92% of respondents agreed with the assertion, “Negative (redirecting) feedback, if delivered appropriately, is effective at improving performance.”
We believe giving constructive criticism can help in the workplace and entering the workplace. Be prepared to learn from mistakes and also be prepared to give feedback and receive feedback, good or bad.
Tip #3: Be Open to Learning
Learning helps improve new skills and existing skills. This can set a person apart from all the others. Invest in learning new skills, these skills can carry on into the work environment.
Benefits of Learning New Skills:
- Helps with adaptability
- More jobs to choose from
- Benefits your health
Be prepared to learn and adapt when entering the workplace. New skills provide more opportunities and gives that person outstanding knowledge employers want to see.