Sep 26, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

The results from a recent survey by career data site Comparably highlight a major difference in employer preferences between Gen Z'ers and millennials.

Comparably surveyed 23,000 employees between the ages of 18 and 35 on their dream workplace.

While the resulting lists were nearly identical -- Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Uber, and Facebook -- there was a major difference.

Among 18-25-year-olds, many chose Snap Inc as a top company. Those in the 26-34 age range chose Netflix instead.

What does this mean and why is it important?

CNBC reports that Comparably CEO Jason Nazar says lifestyle contributes to the difference.

He says that since Snapchat's launch six years ago, it's become a major communication tool for Gen Z. Nazar says, "They also see their parents on social networks such as Facebook and that's not where they want to be."

Comparably's survey suggests that while millennials and Gen Z are grouped together, they have disparate lifestyles. A 34-year-old millennial is likely to have a young family and a strong foothold in their career, compared to a 21-year-old just entering the workforce. 

Nazar says that Gen Z'ers looking to break into those big tech companies need more than just high IQs and Ivy League degrees. He explains that those top companies seek relevant experience and high emotional intelligence, or EQ.

His advice to Gen Z'ers? "Go somewhere where you can take on more responsibility and build relationships with senior folks more easily and organically." 

Nazar explains, "The big names will turn down a candidate," who only looks good on paper. "Show that you're a positive person who wants to be coached and has the ability to impact their environment."


Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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