Many organizations have put hiring on hold for the time being. Have you? If so, this doesn’t mean you should stop recruiting altogether. You need a plan in place to hit the ground running as the economy begins to open up more. You need to be ready to get back to business as usual as soon as possible, including resuming your hiring efforts, if needed.
Here are some things you can continue to do to support your recruiting efforts during COVID-19:
Recruiting never stops. It’s important you support your current employees and help them through this crisis or you could risk losing them. Keeping turnover rates down and increasing employee satisfaction helps reduce the odds of having to replace a key employee during a pandemic. Take care of your people and prove the value of your company culture.
If you were planning to hire before the pandemic and were in contact with a candidate or two you were interested in hiring, stay in contact. Keep them abreast of what is happening with your company and when you think you will be able to make a formal offer to them. Some companies have offered candidates jobs with deferred start dates. This is a strategy you could use to lock in a good talent if you know for certain you will hire once you are able.
With things at a standstill for many companies, now is the perfect time for reflection. Review your current hiring process and look for opportunities to improve the candidate’s experience.
People are watching how you manage the pandemic, including talent who are looking to make a career move. Use the pandemic as an opportunity to prove why you are a top employer. Show others how you support your talent and stand by them when times are tough.
Things have changed. Jobs, roles, skills, and where work is done have changed. This may have altered the types of candidates you will recruit in the future. Create a plan for how you will recruit and hire.
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Randy co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as a Senior Partner, focusing on business development within executive search, media, and sales recruitment. His accomplishments include building over a dozen digital media sales teams for digital start-ups, publishers, and mobile app developers. He has also helped launch an international smartphone manufacturer from the ground up, building its entire hardware, software, and sales teams.