Fast forward two years, and the picture looks much brighter for Gen Z and younger millennials joining the workforce today. Despite recent headwinds like inflationary pressures and geopolitical tensions driving economic uncertainty, opportunities still abound for entry-level roles in the US.
Entry-level opportunities are growing fastest in Sun Belt cities
While the big coastal cities like New York City and San Francisco continue to attract droves of new workers, a few smaller cities top the list for the fastest-growing cities for entry-level roles.
HR, hospitality and health care top list of industries hiring for entry-level roles
At the industry level, staffing and recruiting, hospitality, and health care and biotech are the sectors that saw the biggest gains in openings for entry-level jobs.
Hospitality — one of the hardest-hit sectors during the 2020 lockdowns — has made a roaring comeback, as increased travel and tourism has driven up the need for these businesses to ramp back up hiring activity to keep pace.
Jobs are evolving
Many young professionals — and especially new grads — are often thinking first and foremost about how to market their existing skills. And while that will always be a necessary tactic in landing a role, what’s becoming increasingly important is also being able to communicate a willingness to adapt and learn new skills along the way.
Those who do this well will be better positioned to weather the storms of turbulent job markets, and stand out among crowded applicants pools.
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