Tips for Attracting and Retaining Candidates in Light of COVID-19

Attracting and Retaining Candidates in Light of COVID-19

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the world has transformed and so have the ways of recruiting talent. Employers are looking for new strategies and with the new workforce reality, you can’t rely on the old tactics to help hire the talent you need. 

It’s time to move forward with unique recruitment strategies, and prepare yourself to hire in worsening economic conditions. Doing so will help you stay ahead of the curve and competition, which is what you need right now in a tight labor market and recession. 

We’ve teamed up with our hiring experts at Selectemp and have winning hiring and recruiting tips that will help you navigate through these difficult times. 

If at any point you feel you’re not equipped to leverage the strategies below, please reach out to our staffing team to help guide you and advise you, that way you can be prepared for the post COVID-19 world.

The Solution – 5 tips to help you navigate hiring 

  1. Partner with hiring experts – Managing a recruiting strategy can be overwhelming and time-consuming especially during difficult times, but working with a staffing expert can be a powerful resource that can help your company stay afloat. They have the knowledge and resources that will pivot your recruiting efforts in light of COVID-19.
  2. Host virtual hiring events – Stay connected with candidates by hosting virtual job fairs and hiring events. This will help you expand your talent pipeline for when you need to fill one position or even several urgent positions. Creating a virtual talent community can help you reduce the time it takes to hire because you’ve developed relationships with candidates invested in your company. 
  3. Continue virtual interviewing – Businesses are urgently hiring now that operations are resuming across the states. Video interviewing is quick and efficient and will get your spots filled fast with qualified talent, so you can provide strong business outcomes. Make sure your company is stacked with the tech you need to properly host quality virtual interviewing. Many companies are leaning on staffing agencies because they are equipped with the tech support that will provide a quality candidate experience.
  4. Consider interim hires – You may have several positions to fill when the economy starts running again, and hiring is a timely task when you’re trying to get back up to speed as quickly as possible. One way you can benefit your business is by filling some positions on a temp or interim basis. That way you can keep productivity moving forward and potentially hire some workers full-time after you’ve tried them out. 
  5. Allow remote work (if compatible) – The pandemic forced millions of Americans to work from home and now it’s becoming the new norm. With Americans concerned about their health and safety it’s a good idea to offer remote working if the job is compatible with remote work. Employees who work from often have fewer interruptions and less or more efficient meetings which leads to increased productivity.

Unemployment benefits will be ending soon for many Americans and life will return to the “new normal.” Laid-off workers will be forced to return to work and the job market will bounce back. It’s important that you now take the time to prepare and have a scalable streamlined hiring solution. 

If any of these tips seem out of your expertise or you need further advice on how to advance your talent acquisition strategy, let’s set up a time to chat. We’ve mastered this and we’re ready to guide you through business after the pandemic.

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