These are strange times we’re experiencing, with every day bringing more bizarre news and unprecedented challenges. Therefore, we felt it appropriate to write this blog post to keep our clients and candidates up to date. Of course, the situation changes daily. For now, this is how our business is responding to the current situation. What we’re referring to is, of course, the COVID-19 outbreak and the impact of coronavirus on recruitment.
We are monitoring the latest government advice and will do whatever we can to prevent the spread of the disease. Whatever happens, rest assured that the safety and wellbeing of our candidates, clients and employees is our primary concern. First and foremost, we deeply value your loyalty. While we aim to place candidates in fulfilling jobs, we are committed to doing so as safely as possible.
Business As Usual?
Fortunately, the way we work means that the current situation has had minimal impact on our business. We’re lucky that most of a Recruitment Consultant’s job can be done digitally or over the phone. For the time being, the majority of our team are working from home. However, that does not mean we are any less productive!
We are continuing to receive new instructions to hire from our clients. Candidates also seem to be taking advantage of any downtime by applying for jobs. Thanks to the technology available, many of our roles offer some degree of flexible working or home working. So while we can’t say, it’s quite business as usual, we are doing what we can to facilitate business continuity.
Using Technology To Lessen The Impact Of Coronavirus on Recruitment
Indeed, our clients are taking precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But obviously, still have roles they want to fill. By working together, we are doing all we can to ensure that job interviews go ahead amid the crisis but with minimal contact. Telephone interviews, conference calls, video interviews and Skype are proving invaluable in making this possible.
One of the most significant shifts we see at present is employers’ attitudes towards notice periods. For example, ordinarily, hiring managers are more drawn to candidates available for an immediate start or shorter notice periods. Under the current circumstances, however, getting these candidates settled in their new roles presents new challenges.
We wouldn’t exactly say this is creating more opportunities for candidates with more extended notice periods. Although it certainly seems to have levelled the playing field.
Of course, some candidates are on shorter notice periods and our clients are keen for them to start. In these situations, we are doing all that we can to overcome any obstacles standing in the way.
Advice to Job Seekers And Businesses
Businesses – Is It Safe To Advertise a Vacancy?
If you’re an employer concerned about the impact of coronavirus on recruitment, we would like to offer the following advice. If you have a role, you need to fill, go ahead! Just bear in mind that you might need to be a little more creative than usual with your interviewing techniques. Furthermore, here are five reasons why it makes sense to advertise your vacancy with a recruitment consultant:
- We subscribe to all the major job boards so you can keep your costs to a minimum
- There are still a healthy pipeline of applications coming in for the vacancies we are currently advertising
- Many of your more hesitant competitors are not recruiting at present. This presents the perfect opportunity to take your pick of the available talent
- Recruiters only charge for their services once a candidate accepts an offer of employment. Therefore, if you don’t manage to fill your vacancy, it won’t cost you a penny
- We have the technology available to help you fill your vacancy while keeping your staff and candidates safe
Candidates – Is It Safe To Apply For Jobs Amid The Current Coronavirus Crisis?
Applying for jobs in times of crisis is a whole separate discussion, which we have tackled in a separate post. In short, the answer is yes, absolutely! From a health perspective, we are working with our clients to ensure our candidate’s physical safety.
As far as your career safety is concerned, we are not currently advertising any roles which are not likely to come to fruition. The blog post mentioned above gives more details on the positions we are most keen to fill at present.
We want to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones, all the best at this difficult time. Please, stay safe and take care of one another.
If you have any questions regarding how coronavirus is likely to impact your vacancy or job application, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are still here to support you!
If you know anyone who is worried about how the coronavirus is affecting recruitment, please feel free to share this post with them on social media. They will be sure to thank you for it!