There are numerous myths around Generation Z – the newest generation to enter the workforce. Estimated to account for almost a quarter of the working population by 2020, there’s a perception that they live their lives online and lack traditional values.

The Guardian Jobs has produced a guide to help recruiters get to grips with attracting, recruiting and retaining Gen Z talent. Defined as those born since 2001 by Bloomberg, they’re fresh from university or thinking about embarking on an apprenticeship.

They may not know life without the internet, but with many having experienced student debt, they’re careful with money and excel in tech skills. And while they’re highly technically literate, many lack the soft skills such as leadership that they will need to push their careers forward.

In the guide, experts argue that employers need to adapt their recruitment processes to ensure they’re best placed to source and attract Gen Z candidates. Rather than lumping this generation together with their millennial predecessors, it says, they need to understand the subtle differences between these groups and tailor their strategies accordingly.

The Guardian Jobs Employer’s Guide to Recruiting Generation Z offers practical advice on how organisations can adapt everything from crafting job descriptions to the training they offer to young people entering the world of work. Gen Z expect enjoyment from their work and feel the 9 to 5 model is outdated, it advises, and the way you onboard them will be crucial in their willingness to stay with the business. Employer and Gen Z case studies illustrate how organisations are making the most of this new generation of talent.

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