Generation Z – Are You Ready?!

Who Are They

Generation Z is now entering the workforce with the oldest of the group (born in 1996) just starting to graduate college. Gen Z is the most diverse group of any generation in the U.S. — 55% are Caucasian, 24% are Hispanic, 14% are African-American and 4% are Asian.

What They Believe In

Gen Z wants to be respected, appreciated, have organizations that support their growth and to have a clear understanding outlining the plan for their career. With strong technical skills and creativity, their focus is on jobs that are less automatable. Gen Z believes in fairness and equality for all genders, races, and orientation. They care about: 1) having impact, 2) workplace cultural values, and 3) growth opportunities. Gen Zers are entrepreneurship minded, will learn new skills on their own, but appreciates interpersonal communication mentorship.

Attracting Gen Z

  • 83% welcome you to connect with them before graduation to build a relationship.
  • Hire base on ability, not pedigree
  • Have a job landing page with video
  • Use an engaging application form
  • Have a 1 click apply – expects ease in applying for positions
  • Important to look at time to hire and reduce this
  • Have an authentic website using live photos and videos (not stock photos) of your team showing how your company is making a difference.
  • Make your application like a video game.
  • Show how your employees can achieve THEIR goals at your company
  • 8-second filter: Connect with Gen Z with images and videos versus a long LinkedIn InMail
  • Offer Micro-Internships

Where to find Gen Z talent online

Generation Z are digital natives and have been using the internet for 15 years. They put their stories out on Snapchat and Instagram, and are brand managers from an early age.

Digital Marketing

  • Handshake
  • HackerRank
  • Have an online presence on social media using online videos.
  • Top 8 social media sites from 2017 where Generation Z spends their time:

Facebook – 90%

YouTube – 71%

Snapchat – 71%

Instagram – 69%

LinkedIn – 49% (this number is decreasing)

Twitter 41%

Pinterest – 37%

Google – 27%

Generation Z is open-minded and adaptable. They are a generation of highly-educated, technologically-savvy, innovative thinkers. They look for solutions on their own. They set out to make things on their own.

Simple Employee Incentive Ideas for The Summer Months

Summer months at the office can be challenging. Most employees are either on vacation or thinking about what outdoor activities they wish they were participating in. Because motivation and productivity are important, you need to provide additional incentives for employees to stay focused and complete their projects.

1. Work Outdoors

Allow employees to work and hold meetings outside. Being in natural light improves communication, reduces stress, and lowers blood pressure. Plus, enjoying fresh air and sunshine increases productivity and employee morale.

2. Offer a Flexible Schedule

Give flexibility in work hours. Perhaps your employees can come in late or work remotely one day each week or work a half day on Fridays. Having greater control over their work schedule means employees have more time to enjoy the outdoors.

3. Implement Casual Dress Day

Offer Casual Dress Day on Fridays. Let employees wear t-shirts, shorts, and flip-flops to the office. You may even suggest themed dress days, such as Hawaiian Day, to add to the fun. Your employees will feel more relaxed and complete more tasks.

4. Set Up a Company Event

Set up an outdoor company event. You might arrange a barbeque, golf outing, theme park visit, or baseball game. Perhaps you could host Summer Friday gatherings where employees can mingle and recharge. Maybe host a company party at the office or a manager’s home. In any case, your employees will appreciate the camaraderie and be more motivated to return to work on Monday.

5. Provide Additional Recognition

Give extra recognition to employees who cover for colleagues away from the office. For instance, give the employee a hand-written thank-you note expressing your appreciation for temporarily taking over. Or, have a conversation to express thanks for going above and beyond to help out. Or provide the employee with a gift card to their favorite restaurant to further show your gratitude. Enter those employees in a drawing to win an additional paid day off or tickets to a summer concert, movie, or sporting event.

6. Reward Perfect Attendance

Give rewards for each summer month that an employee has perfect attendance. You may set a price point and offer a gift card to the restaurant, store, or other destination of the employee’s choice. They will be more inclined to show up for work each day and perform their best.

7. Arrange a Company Team for a Charity Event

Organize a company team to participate in a local charity event. There are a variety of walk/runs in major cities every summer. In addition to being a proud corporate sponsor, your employees may be given a day off to help set up and/or run or participate in the event. You build the cohesiveness of your team while supporting the local community.

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Staffing Firm Arlington Resources Named To Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies To Work For®

Rolling Meadows, Illinois and Pleasanton, Calif. – June 8, 2018 – Arlington Resources, Inc. (, an industry leader in the recruitment of Human Resources Professionals for direct hire and contract replacements, announced today they have been named to “Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®” in the category of Small Business. Only companies that distinguish themselves as having the most innovative and thoughtful human resources approach can receive this accolade. Arlington Resources will be among the selected companies to be honored on Friday, July 27, 2018 at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace.

An independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry, based on key measures in various categories. They include Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; Strategic Company Performance; and the Best of the Best Small Business, Medium Business and Large Business. Winners are pooled by the size of their company. Employers with up to 100 employees are classified as Small Business; employers with 101-300 employees are classified as Medium Business; and employers with more than 301 employees are classified as Large Business.

Patricia Casey, president of the Arlington Resources division of the Cornerstone Staffing Solutions family of companies commented, “The management team at Arlington Resources has built a work culture where our employees care for each other and our community. It’s truly an honor to work with these talented men and women who are passionate, spirited and committed to Arlington’s guiding principles. Their responses to the survey support our approach to creating a loyal workplace environment where people love to work.”

Recognition on Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® validates Arlington Resources as a company whose best practices not only improve the work environment for its employees but also epitomize high levels of service excellence delivered to the employers and temporary workers Arlington Resources works with daily. The company has also been recognized for its commitment to improving their local community by encouraging employees to actively participate in activities throughout the neighborhoods they live and work in. Earlier this year, the agency received its fifth consecutive Inavero Best of Staffing® Talent Award as well as Inavero Best of Staffing® – Talent Satisfaction for its third consecutive year. The company received its second consecutive placement on Forbes America’s Best Recruiting Firms in 2018, and Arlington has been listed on the Inc. 5000 list five times.

About Arlington Resources, Inc.

Arlington Resources was founded in 1997 by Patricia Casey. The companies offer a “boutique style” approach to recruiting, talent selection and staffing of Human Resources, and Accounting and Finance Professionals to the greater Chicago area.  As a nationally accredited, best in class recruitment firm, the staff is well networked in the HR community, tenured and industry certified: Society of Human Resources Management, the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, the Society of Human Resources Professionals, the Northwest Human Resources Council, the Illinois Search and Staffing Association and the National Association of Personnel Services.  The company has been awarded Inavero’s Best of Staffing® acknowledgement for Client Satisfaction in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, as well as Best of Staffing® – Talent Satisfaction for 2016, 2017 and 2018.  The company has been named to Forbes America’s Best Recruiting Firms in 2017 and 2018. Arlington has also been listed on the Inc. 5000 list five times. Visit Arlington at

More About Cornerstone Staffing

Cornerstone Staffing Solutions is among the largest staffing firms in America and received Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Client Award in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Since 2003, Cornerstone has grown from a neighborhood staffing provider to a national firm that employs thousands of people at hundreds of companies from coast to coast. The Cornerstone family of companies also includes Dallas, Texas-based Rightstone (, and Chicago, Illinois-based Arlington Resources, Inc. ( and Casey Accounting & Finance Resources ( Providing candidate searching and job placement for administrative, industrial, technical, sales and transportation positions, Cornerstone truly is where talent and jobs meet. Visit Cornerstone at:

More About The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a program that provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole. It is presented annually in several markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, and Chicago, in addition to a national program. For more information, visit

Yay or Nay: Applying for a Job You’re Technically Underqualified For

Like most people, you have probably come across an amazing job opening and were disappointed to learn that you were underqualified. Perhaps the posting called for ten years’ experience, and you had only two, or for someone who managed a team of at least 50 when you managed just 15. The question is, how do you determine whether to apply for the role or look for another one?

Yay: You Have Transferable Skills

If you can demonstrate that you have transferable skills, then apply. Employers are more focused on hiring potential than an exact match. Highlight your transferable skills, knowledge, and experience in your cover letter so that the hiring manager knows you understand the position and what they are looking for. And, write a memo that outlines what you believe the main challenges of the role are and how you would handle them. Mention your awards, achievement of performance standards, upward career advancement, and professional certifications to show you are a high-level professional. Provide examples of how you blend with company culture. You just might be called in for an interview.

Yay: You Have an Employee Referral

If you know an employee who will refer you, then apply. Since referred candidates tend to have similar interests as the employee, blend with company culture, and remain loyal to the organization longer, they are hired more often than non-referrals. If you do not have a connection with the business, then create one. For instance, if the hiring manager is speaking at an upcoming event, then plan to participate and introduce yourself. Or, if the company founder was featured in a recent article, reach out with a comment or question. Cultivating relationships will give you an in with the organization.

Yay: You Can Demonstrate Motivation

If you can clearly show that you are motivated to excel in the role, then apply. Unlike technical skills, motivation cannot be taught. Highlighting a plan to gain the required skills through hard work, dedication, and willingness to learn increases your chances of being offered an interview. For instance, show that you are open to taking a class or engaging in on-the-job training. And, mention examples of how your flexibility and desire to learn benefitted previous employers and can add value to your next one. Or, offer to work for free on a temporary basis so that the hiring manager can see that you are an asset to the company and should be brought aboard full-time.

Nay: You Are New to the Workforce or Changing Careers

If you are just entering the workforce or switching careers, then do not apply. You lack the skills and experience necessary to fulfill the job responsibilities. Applying would be a waste of time for both you and the hiring manager.

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