Looking for your first step onto the career ladder? An entry-level role could be just what you need. But new research from Glassdoor has found that Gen Z workers are nervous about their career prospects.
A survey of 1,000 young people aged 18-25 found that:
- The majority of Gen Z (54%) are actively job hunting
- 1 in 2 think there are fewer entry-level job opportunities now than there were before the pandemic
- Lack of industry experience and job hunting confidence are the biggest barriers to success
- Salary is the #1 factor when considering where to work, followed by work-life balance and workplace location
- Over half (55%) believe that the pandemic has negatively impacted their career opportunities and earning potential.
Companies Paying the Biggest Salaries for Entry-Level Jobs
Glassdoor’s Economic Research team analysed thousands of non-senior positions that require less than two years of relevant experience. The companies with the highest paying junior roles are:
Commenting on the list, Glassdoor economist Lauren Thomas says “Our research shows that finance and tech companies are offering big money to attract those at the start of their careers. But while the majority of young people say salary is their primary consideration when job hunting, pay shouldn’t be the only consideration when determining where to work. Once in a job, it’s a company’s culture and values, senior leadership team and the career opportunities available that drive employee satisfaction.
“To entice Gen Z employees, companies should focus on mentorship, learning and development. Investment of this sort has proven difficult for employers in the post-pandemic, remote-first environment but it is exceptionally important to young workers.”
What is an Entry-Level Job?
For many, an entry-level job is the first step toward developing, or switching, their career. These roles are normally starting positions at a company that needs little experience. Available across all industries, some entry-level positions may require specific academic qualifications to be considered but most will offer on-the-job training.
How Do I Spot an Entry-Level Job?
There can be many different names for entry-level roles so it’s worthwhile keeping your search terms broad. In job listings look out for words including junior, assistant, apprenticeship and graduate alongside key phrases such as ‘no or little experience necessary’.
Tips for Getting an Entry-Level Job
- Know where to look: Sites, including Glassdoor, can help narrow the entry-level job search by location, company size, industry, company ratings, pay and more. But not everything should be done online. Don’t forget to tap your personal network for recommendations and look out for local job fairs and recruitment drives too.
- Build your CV: Hiring managers won’t expect you to have years of experience but they will be looking for evidence of transferable skills and passion for the industry. Secure as much work experience as you can in the field and emphasise your motivation and willingness to learn in your CV. Communication and collaboration are key skills that can apply to nearly all positions so be sure to include examples of these.
- Be Google-able: A website, profile or social media account can go a long way to show off your professional experience, especially early in your career.
- Customise your application materials: Update your CV and cover letter based on the company to show you’ve done your research and are the best fit for the role. If you don’t have all the relevant experience, focus on your transferable skills and passion for the company.