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Are Recruiters Meeting The Expectations of Young Professionals?

When it comes to the younger workforce it’s clear that their job expectations tend to differ from older generations. The preferences of young employees highlights that attitudes amongst today’s workforce are shifting and this shift is forcing recruiters to re-think strategies of reaching out to young professionals and accommodating their expectations in the workplace.

While there has been a lot of discussion recently about the millennial workforce and how they will re-shape the general landscape of the workplace by being more digitally driven and professionally demanding than their predecessors. So far, no one has looked into the variations of millennial job expectations and whether or not they align with recruiters’ strategies.

This is where one of LinkedIn’s recently conducted surveys comes in. The professional networking platform surveyed 1,144 recruiters and 1,290 young workers to answer two key questions - What do millennials value in a job and what do recruiters think this particular group of workers value in a job. Here are just some of the results of this survey that show that there are some close correlations between young working professionals’ and recruiters’ job expectations:

  • 52% of recruiters and 48% of young workers think that a company culture that aligns with personality is important.
  • 55% of recruiters and 56% of young workers think that benefits and compensation packages are important.
  • 56% of recruiters and 45% of young workers think that career progression is important.
  • 53% of recruiters and 54% of young workers think that work-life balance is important.

It’s great to see recruiter’s job expectations for the younger workforce matching so closely. However, not every result of this survey reflects this. Other results of this survey show that just 12% of recruiters and 27% of young workers think that a good employee/employer relationship is important. This survey suggests that younger recruiters are more likely to understand the job expectations of the younger workforce. That being the case, this survey also suggests that older recruiters felt that challenging job roles were what younger workers wanted.

Age and expectations play a large role in how recruiters and the younger workforce interact, placing much more emphasis on job satisfaction than being challenged professionally. Without being too blunt, this poses an issue for older recruiters who are not in touch with the younger workforce’s professional perceptions. That being said the expectations of younger workers does tend to range from workplace culture to specific salary expectations which any recruiter, regardless of their age would struggle to take into consideration given all of the varying criteria.

Does this mean that younger workers have too many expectations or that their expectations are too high? Not quite, younger workers are very ambitious and goal-orientated which means that recruiters can do more when it comes to meeting their expectations. Young professionals aren’t just the future workforce, their job expectations will impact the way recruiters opt to source top talent for employment because it is clear from this survey that younger workers have a very precise idea about what they want from their career paths.


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