It takes more than an attractive salary to woo the top talent these days. Whereas the previous generations may have been primarily interested in earning the most money, millennials and Gen Zers have different priorities. Young professionals today are looking for workplaces that maintain a healthy work/life balance or companies that are willing to contribute to their student loan debt. In short, if HR managers want their businesses to stand out for today’s best and brightest, they need to rethink the types of perks and benefits they offer.
For example, many young jobseekers want positions that feature flexible working options such as telecommuting and varying start times. These professionals also have a deeper appreciation of their mental health than their predecessors. This means an office that offers wellness programs such as yoga can be much more appealing to them.
The fact that so many millennials are in dual-income households means they want employers who are willing to give them extended maternity and paternity leave when they start families. On the other hand, many are waiting longer to have children. In the meantime, companies that provide on-site pet care and other conveniences for their four-legged family members can have an advantage when hiring.
Times are changing, and so are the priorities of the average job candidate. To avoid being left in the dust, your business will have to reevaluate the benefits it provides. See the accompanying infographic for some more ideas you can use to hire and retain exceptional young people at your organization.
Do you have an elevator pitch ready for your next career fair? An elevator pitch is a quick and memorable summary of your background and career interests. The name is a throwback to a time when prospective employees (or salespeople) waited in building lobbies to jump in an elevator with an executive. If the pitch went well, they chat all the way to the executive suite. If not, they would get off on the next floor, return to the lobby, and try again.
Job fairs can play a significant role at the start of your career. Attending career fairs gives you information about the job market, opportunities to meet company recruiters, and a chance to practice your professional communication skills. So, how many job fairs should you attend in a year? It depends on where you are in your career search and the goals you set for yourself.
College career fairs are a benefit to everyone involved: the recruiters, the students, and the college. What makes college career fairs so valuable? Career fairs are one of the few places where recruiters and students can meet and interact in person before a full formal interview. This is not to say that the introductions at career fairs are not important – the first meeting in any business relationship is always important – but the atmosphere creates a foundation for successful interactions. At the same time, if a student makes a mistake, it is only one of many opportunities and any damage is limited. We outline several other valuable advantages to students in 5 Benefits of Attending College Career Fairs.