LaSalle Network Publishes Annual Report: ‘What the Class of 2019 Wants’

Staffing, Recruiting, Culture Firm Publishes Report Based On Survey of More Than 3,000 2019 College Graduates

CHICAGO – LaSalle Network, a national staffing, recruiting and culture firm, publishes its fourth-annual report on what the upcoming graduating class wants in a job and company.

The report, “What the Class of 2019 Wants,” highlights original data collected from a survey of more than 3,000 2019 graduates conducted in February 2019. Below is a summary of the survey findings:

Top Three Factors Gen Z is Seeking in a Role:

No. 1: Opportunity for growth (consistent top response from 2016 – 2019); note: 76 percent of respondents expect to earn a promotion one to two years after they start

No. 2: Work-life balance (compensation was No. 2 factor in 2018 report)

No. 3: Compensation (team culture was No. 3 factor in 2018 report)

Top Three Factors Gen Z is Seeking in a Company:

No. 1: Company culture

No. 2: Benefits

No. 3: Location

Job Search Sources:

Career fairs is the top job search resource for this graduating class, followed by networking and job boards. Last year, networking was the top resource

Salary Expectations:

On average, respondents expect to earn $51,000 – $60,000 in their first job out of college

Of the 24 percent of graduates who have already accepted employment prior to graduation, 11 percent will earn less than expected, 44 percent will earn more than expected  and 45 percent will earn the same as expected

Job Search Timeline:

76 percent of respondents haven’t yet accepted a role and majority began their job search six to nine months prior to graduation

Of the 24 percent who already secured a position prior to graduation, 65 percent received two to four job offers in 2019

For more insight on salary expectations by major, how 2019 graduates feel towards temporary employment opportunities, how Gen Z compares to Millennials, and more, download the full report by visiting:

For more information on LaSalle Network, please visit or contact Heather Youkhana at 312-496-6562 or

About LaSalle Network

LaSalle Network is a national staffing, recruiting and culture firm with business units that specialize in accounting and finance, administrative, call center, healthcare revenue cycle, human resources, management resources, marketing, sales, supply chain, technology and executive search. Since inception in 1998, LaSalle has worked with thousands of clients and placed more than 60,000 candidates in temporary, temporary-to-permanent and permanent positions. Its newest offering, Culture 20/20, works with companies of all sizes and industries to help them focus on what matters: Culture. Performance. Results. LaSalle Network has been listed on Inc. Magazine’s 500/5000 “Fastest-Growing Privately Held Companies in America” list for 11 consecutive years, Inc. Magazine’s 2016 and 2018 “50 Best Workplaces,” Forbes’ 2018 “America’s Best Professional Recruiting Firms” list, Fortune’s “Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For” and “Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services” in 2018, and Crain’s Chicago Business’ “Best Places to Work” list from 2014 to 2018. The firm has offices in downtown Chicago, Nashville, Oak Brook and Schaumburg. For more information, please call 312-419-1700 or visit



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