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As Virtual Work Grows and Gen. Z Arrives, Recruiters and Managers Must Adapt

As Virtual Work Grows and Gen. Z Arrives, Recruiters and Managers Must Adapt
From Recruiter - January 25, 2017

With more than 40 percent of U.S. workers engaged in contingent work and Generation Z poised to enter the workforce in greater numbers this year, recruiters must be prepared to adapt the way they attract talent to the changing economic landscape.

In part, that means recruiters must be willing to leave some of their old ways behindwhen trying to attracta new breed of worker. When recruiting virtual workers, the process is differentfrom filling a physical position and should be treated as such, says Tricia Sciortino, chief operating officer at virtual staffing firmBELAY Solutions.

The interview process is probably one of the biggest differences, Sciortino explains. While working remotely seems appealing to many people, its not for everyone. People must be extremely disciplined, self-motivated, and focused. Its easy to get distracted by all the things that need to get done around the home, and [it is] hard to set boundaries around your work schedule. It can feel very lonely and isolating at times. Its more important to hone in on the type of person you are interviewing from a personality/culture fit than just skill set and experience alone.

Recruiting the Next Generation

Not only do recruiters have to deal with virtual workers, they also have to get to know Gen. Z.

Millennials are now firmly established in the workforce, and recruiters have begun to gain more thoroughunderstandings of their wants and needs. However, the newest waves of workers are starting to come from Gen. Z, which is marked by its interest in the gig economy and the freedom that comes with it.

Gen. Z seems to be all about the gig economy, and they put flexibility at the top of their must-have list when looking for a job, Sciortino says. Social media and smartphones have always existed with this generation, and they will not likely part with [those things], even during their workdays.



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