In the dynamic landscape of the professional world, the influence of Generation Z continues to reshape the workplace. As we step into 2024, it’s evident that this generation, born between 1997 and 2012, is set to amplify its impact on how we work, collaborate, and innovate.

According to Business Insider, “By early next year, the number of Gen Zers working full-time will likely overtake the number of baby boomers holding full-time positions for the first time, according to a new Glassdoor report.”

This shift is expected to revolutionize the way employers attract talent as Gen Zers place strong emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion. This cohort is unapologetically vocal about social justice issues, prompting organizations to reassess their values and practices. In 2024, we can expect an increased focus on building inclusive replaces that celebrate diversity and provide equal opportunities for all.

Business Insider states, “For example, Gen Zers have a high interest in transparency and diversity, equity, and inclusion at the companies where they work, Glassdoor’s chief economist Aaron Terrazas said. They are digital natives and want to be heard by their employers, he added.”

This is evident as flexibility remains a key theme for Gen Z in the workplace. As advocates for work-life balance, this generation has been pivotal in normalizing remote work and flexible schedules. Afterall, they entered adulthood during a pandemic, when everything shifted to being remote, highlighting the possibilities flexibility offers.

This generation also tends to value transparency and authenticity from leaders. Leaders who communicate openly and align with the values of their teams are more likely to thrive in this evolving landscape. This shift may further inspire a more collaborative and communicative leadership style, fostering a positive and inclusive organizational culture.

In conclusion, as we navigate the complexities of the professional realm in 2024, it’s clear that Gen Z will continue to be a force for change. Their technological prowess, commitment to social justice, demand for flexibility, and penchant for authentic leadership are reshaping workplaces into more adaptive, inclusive, and innovative environments. Organizations that embrace and leverage the strengths of Gen Z are poised to thrive in this ever-evolving era of work.

If you are looking to join a more adaptive, inclusive, and innovative team, browse our jobs page.

Green Key Unlocked: Accounting & Finance Experience in the Staffing Industry

In a world where change is constant and opportunities abound, professionals in accounting and finance are increasingly seeking new paths to channel their skills and expertise. Transitioning from a traditional accounting and finance role to a career in accounting and finance recruitment offers an exciting opportunity to embrace change and chart a new course towards professional fulfillment and success. We caught up with Antonia Piazza, Recruiter on our Accounting and Finance team to discuss her journey of transitioning careers and share advice for other professionals who might be considering how their experience can transfer into a recruiting career.

Antonia shared a little on how she got into Accounting and Finance recruiting, saying, “I was looking to relocate to Pittsburgh, so I spoke with a GKR recruiter about accounting openings in Pittsburgh, and, after speaking about accounting roles, she mentioned the possibility of recruiting. I was honestly surprised I hadn’t thought about that career path sooner, as it seemed like a perfect fit given my accounting foundation and appreciation for working with people.”

Understand the Recruitment Process

“There was definitely a learning curve when I transitioned out of accounting and into recruiting,” said Antonia. So, before diving into recruiting, be sure to familiarize yourself with the recruitment cycle. Understand how recruiters source candidates, conduct interviews, and evaluate qualifications.

Assess Your Accounting Knowledge

When asked how her accounting experience has helped her, she said, “I was excited to learn and grow in these ways, and my foundation in accounting continues to be very useful today.”

Your accounting background is an asset. Use it to your advantage by understanding the specific skills and qualifications needed for accounting roles. This knowledge will help you identify suitable candidates.

Learn About Recruiting

Study the basics of recruiting. Explore topics such as candidate sourcing, resume screening, and interview techniques. Consider taking online courses or attending workshops related to recruitment. Antonia adds, “I had to learn about our clients, the accounting and finance functions across different industries, the markets in different cities across the US, and a lot about sales, especially relating to interactions with candidates.”

Network with Recruiters

Connect with experienced recruiters in the accounting field. Attend industry events, join professional associations, and participate in online forums. Learn from their insights and experiences.

Build Relationships

As an accounting recruiter, building relationships is crucial. Cultivate connections with accounting professionals, both active job seekers and passive candidates. Understand their career goals and aspirations.

Develop Soft Skills

Recruiters need excellent communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills. Practice active listening and empathy. Be persuasive when discussing job opportunities with potential candidates.

Leverage Technology

Use applicant tracking systems (ATS) and social media platforms to streamline your recruitment process. Familiarize yourself with tools commonly used by recruiters.

Understand Job Descriptions

Study accounting job descriptions thoroughly. Know the specific skills, certifications, and experience required for different accounting roles. This knowledge will help you match candidates effectively.

Learn About Industry Trends

Stay updated on accounting industry trends. Understand emerging roles (such as data analytics in accounting) and the skills in demand. This knowledge will make you a more effective recruiter.

Join Recruiting Agencies

Consider working for recruiting agencies specializing in accounting and finance. Gain practical experience in candidate sourcing, client management, and job placements.

Remember that transitioning to a recruiting career requires continuous learning and adaptability. By combining your accounting expertise with recruiting skills, you’ll be well-prepared for success as an accounting and finance recruiter.

Dig into the services, featured jobs, and contacts for our Accounting and Finance team by checking out our AF practice page.