By now, you are most likely working remotely at the moment, and perhaps you are doing so for the first time. If you are a recruiter, your job orders have probably taken a hit at the moment, and the day-to-day recruiting activities are going to look a little different right now. Productivity is still key, and there are a lot of great steps that recruiters can take to build relationships and be prepared for the inevitable upswing in the world of hiring when we, as a country, come out of this.
Remember that recruiting is a people business. Now more than ever, you need to reach out to your clients and candidates to be both a listening ear and an expert consultant. Although people may be stressed or scared, it is a your job to be a resource– either as someone who can share insights and advice, or someone they can just talk to depending on what you feel they need at this time. As companies discuss their concerns over economic slowdowns or business growth, this allows you to be a sounding board for them. It also gives you necessary information to follow up down the road with consultative solutions that they may not have thought about in the upcoming weeks while environments stabilize, such as tweaking the type of role they are looking to hire, or helping them understand that a temporary solution could be the best route at this time.
While people are working out of their homes, they may have more time to connect with a recruiter than they would normally during business hours at the office. Right now is a great time to call your candidates and simply check in to see how they are doing – and how their job is going – during this difficult time. You can determine if they may be looking for a change once the economy bounces back, and if there is any way you can plan to help them at that time.
With unemployment skyrocketing, businesses have had to let some great employees go over the past few weeks. When the dust settles, those businesses will need to refill these roles, and there will be some great individuals out there looking for their next role. It will be a huge opportunity for recruiters to make some amazing matches by helping businesses get back up to speed, and doing so with some spectacular talent. This exciting time will come, so take advantage of a slower pace right now to really connect and get back to the roots of this people business without your typical distractions. It will set you up for success soon.