As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, many organizations are encouraging employees to embrace remote work to mitigate risk. This global crisis has not only affected job seekers but has had a demonstrable impact on the recruiting process. Here are a few proactive measures that help ease recruiting tech talent in the age of COVID-19 :
Maintaining Open Lines Of Communication
Given the fluidity of this situation, communicating with your candidates through email, text or even a call is crucial. Candidates want to hear from you and be re-assured that you are still interested in them. They will appreciate transparency and communications relevant to what they are concerned about such as the job market trends, hiring opportunities and processes.
With the advancement of digital technologies, luckily recruiting doesn’t have to stop. You can leverage technologies to keep recruiting top tech talent. Videoconferencing tools such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Skype have made it extremely convenient for recruiters to interview and ‘e-meet’ potential candidates. As the trend to work from home accelerates, ensure that you have access to necessary communication channels to effectively carry out online recruitment.
Building A Stronger Tech Talent Pipeline
COVID-19 has led businesses to announce hiring freezes and layoffs in multiple industries. By the end of Q1, we are expected to witness a massive global hiring slowdown. As a recruiter, you can prepare yourself for potential market bounce backs and hiring ramp ups by building a stronger tech pipeline. Honing a secure candidate pipeline not only shortens the recruitment cycle for the future but is also a great way to stay ahead in the competitive war for tech talent.
The virtual recruiting trend has been popular globally even before recent events. However, in the era of COVID-19, recruiters are advised to proactively leverage digital technologies to accelerate their recruiting efforts and continue to win over top tech talent even in this uncertain time.