Over the last three weeks, I have had hundreds of conversations with some of my clients and hiring managers. We have discussed their strategy for hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are weathering this unprecedented storm. Although the impact varies for each company based on their industry and location, they’re falling into one of two camps: it’s either business as usual or they’re pumping the brakes.
Keep the pipeline moving
These companies have quickly adapted to this fast-changing landscape. They are relying heavily on industry-specific recruiters (like our team at Johnson Search Group) to help them source the talent they need now. These employers are also starting to utilize technology such as FaceTime, Zoom, and Skype to keep their hiring process moving along. These employers understand that if they want to land A+ talent, they must make a move before their competition can. Plus, many of my clients, such as those in the Pulp & Paper industry, are up and running because they are considered essential. Therefore, it’s business as usual for a lot of companies out there.
These companies understand their hiring needs but have chosen to build their pipeline of candidates for a time that best fits their hiring strategy. They are engaging industry-specific recruiters to identify the top talent. They are also searching for a recruiting partner that can keep the candidates engaged throughout the process. However, if you wait to make a move, they may be gone when you’re ready to hire. We can help you build this pipeline, but the best candidates will only stick around for so long.
How We Can Help
Regardless of which boat you’re in, I hear a lot of optimism out there. And that optimism feels great for those hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our incredible and resilient country will weather the storm, come out stronger than ever, and get back to business. So, whether your strategy is to continue your hiring process and grab the talent now, or build your pipeline for later on down the road, partner with an industry-specific recruiter at Johnson Search Group because we can make a difference. We work hard, we work together, and we work for you.