Today’s hiring market is unlike any we’ve seen before. While some companies are feeling unstable and unsure of the future, others are thriving and ready to grow. No matter which mindset you are in currently, there is an opportunity to take advantage of the incredible talent on the market today. We sat down with two of our expert recruiters who have been successfully serving their clients during this uncertain time as well as partnering with new clients to help them develop an effective hiring strategy. Learn more from Krista Portolesi, Division Lead of our Banking and Finance team, and Beth Tensfeld, Mining and Heavy Industrial Recruiter for our Mountain West Region.
What are you hearing from clients about the current hiring landscape?
Krista: People are doing lots of virtual interviews and offering flexible working options like working remotely. As well as requiring proper social distancing protocols. This is allowing our clients to hire during this time while still being safe.
Can you describe some of the candidates you’re working with?
Beth: Due to recent layoffs, I am working with some amazing candidates. These workers span from entry-level Laborers to Safety Managers with decades of experience.
Krista: I also have extraordinary candidates with leadership skills due to downsizing or consolidating. I have noticed that candidates are open to contract work as they are more flexible with what they’re looking for.
How can companies take advantage of this incredible talent on the market right now?
Beth: Start recruiting immediately! Whether you’re in a hiring freeze or not, you need to start building your candidate bench now.
Krista: Companies can benefit from partnering with a recruiter to discover passive candidates that are currently working, as many people are open to changing positions right now!
What about companies who may be hesitant to hire but need to fill critical positions?
Beth: Utilize contract options! We can fill the role temporarily, and we can convert to permanent once the company is stable. At that time, your candidate will already be trained and easy to transition.
What is your #1 tip for companies in today’s market?
Beth: Don’t wait! These great candidates won’t wait for you to decide it’s time to go.
Krista: Absolutely. Companies must implement a quick hiring process because your competitors are looking for the same type of people!
Even if you are unsure of your current hiring needs, build a relationship with a recruiter today. We can evaluate your situation, assess your current team makeup, and build a custom strategy that works for you, when you need it.