As the nation adjusts to stay-at-home orders and social distancing protocols, businesses have been forced to adjust their own practices. More employees than ever are working from home, and companies that previously thought this not a feasible option are realizing that it is. The pandemic came on quickly, but recovery will likely be much slower. It could take months for activities to return closer to pre-COVID-19 days, and even then, there will be many changes that stick around longer-term or are permanent.
Millions of Americans have been laid off, furloughed, or had hours cut as the pandemic takes a on the economy. Now that restrictions are starting to loosen, more people are out looking for jobs. But in the midst of COVID-19, recruitment and hiring practices have changed as well.
A Shift in Candidates
Whereas companies used to execute national or even international searches to find the best candidates, now their circle has tightened. There are still restrictions on travel, so businesses are focusing on a local pool of candidates, especially for jobs that cannot be done remotely. Trying to fly candidates in can become a logistical (and safety/health) nightmare. They are looking closely at local applicants and internal candidates, then widening their search as necessary.
In addition, there has been a surge in demand in several industries such as healthcare, certain types of retail, IT, manufacturing, and distribution, while other industries have declined. This means more people may be looking to apply their skills in new ways and shift their career trajectory, at least in the short-term. Recruiters are determining how applicant skillsets align with a new host of demands. There will also be greater competition for the positions that are available.
With social distancing guidelines in full force, companies are turning to online interviews instead using videoconferencing platforms such as Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet. Employers can meet potential candidates remotely while still being able to see their body language and facial expressions, hear their tone, and get a general impression of what they are like. Applicants can judge potential employers the same way.
Being prepared and professional for interviews is still essential. Both interviewers and interviewees should look and sound the part and have a list of questions and answers ready.
Just as technology is being used for interviews, it is also being adjusted for hiring and onboarding. More applicants are filling out and signing forms online, having virtual conferences to meet their team or management, and taking part in web-based training to get up-to-speed on their job, especially if they will be working from home for the foreseeable future. In addition, many businesses are adjusting their expectations and giving employees more flexibility to work remotely and manage their schedule as long as they are getting their work done in a timely manner. There are a lot of businesses that may offer this type of hybrid work as they grow or rebuild their workforce.
Resumes Remain Constant
One thing that hasn’t changed in the recruiting and hiring space is the need for a strong resume and cover letter. Job seekers still need to be able to create a positive first impression and show employers why they are a good fit for the role and should be invited to interview. Recruiters continue to use resumes as a way to quickly evaluate applicants and decide if they want to learn more.
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