How to hire digital natives in tech

When it comes to Gen Z, a report from tech recruiting firm Dice finds, don’t treat them like millennials.

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The majority of Gen Zers hope to work in the tech industry, especially for IBM, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Salesforce, according to Glassdoor.

For HR and talent acquisition staff, there is no rest for the weary. A lot of attention has been paid to figuring out what millennials want in a job – but now they’ve grown up and it’s time to focus on their successor: Generation Z.  

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There are about 72 million Gen Z-ers, and by 2020, it is estimated they will make up 24% of the global workforce, according to tech recruiting firm Dice

As the first true digital natives and most technologically advanced generation to date, this group will be highly disruptive in the workforce “because Gen Z barely knows life without computers,” Dice notes.

(Just so you’re clear on their ages, a millennial refers to anyone born between 1981 and 1996 (ages 23 to 38 in 2019), and anyone born from 1997 onward is part of Gen Z (or post-millennial), according to the Pew Research Center.)

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They’ve had more experience with cellphones than landlines, they listen to music mainly on handheld devices, and they expect instant gratification because they are used to having nearly anything needed delivered to their doors, according to the Dice report, “Hiring Gen Z.” 

So when it comes to hiring them, there are a few things to know, Dice says: 

  • 47% consider themselves experts in something; 

  • 56% think onboarding should take a day or less; 

  • 74% think work should have a greater purpose than earning a salary;

  • 93% say a company’s impact on society affects their decision to work there.

Members of Gen Z cannot recall a time before…