Gen Z in the Workforce: Navigating a Unique Challenge

The ripple effects of the pandemic are vividly felt in our Gen Z talent, presenting a unique hurdle as they enter the workforce. Homebound during their formative period, traditional job references have become harder to come by for this demographic.

Internships, part-time roles, and summer gigs – all crucial for bolstering experience – were frozen during lockdowns. The result is a generation entering the job market with limited hands-on exposure and fewer opportunities to forge relationships with mentors or make beneficial connections.

This unanticipated predicament facing Gen Zers demands a recalibration in our approach as hiring managers and human capital advisors. It’s time to shift our focus from traditional evaluation parameters and embrace adaptability.

Drawing parallels from our own lives—just as we nurture the potential in our own children—it’s crucial to recalibrate our expectations. Instead of fixating on a lack of traditional references, let’s focus on recognizing the unique blend of skills that each Gen Zer brings to the table.

As hiring managers, let’s strive to assess these young talents based on their skills, potential, and adaptability. In the Dallas-Fort Worth region, let’s spearhead this change in perspective, emphasizing the value of skills over conventional markers of experience.

Troy Ashby, CPA
President, Benchmark Search



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