Amidst the uncertainty of what lies ahead for the job landscape as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to remember that our workforce will recover, and when it does, recruiters need to make sure they have kept their candidate relationships intact.
While many working individuals are in crisis-management mode, recruiters can be their lifeline at the very least to keep them informed of the opportunities that lie ahead. No one has the exact data as to how the pandemic will unfold in terms of joblessness and economic upheaval. Some accounts are bleak, predicting a worst-case jobless rate at 10.6%. Others are more optimistic, noting the hiring boom of some industries like Amazon hiring 100,000 workers to meet the skyrocketing demand for online ordering and home deliveries.
In most scenarios, we can agree that the job landscape will change. Our new normal may in fact continue distancing us from a traditional work model through a rise in remote working and online education. As organizations realize that operations continued despite the regular routine of commuting to and from work, business models will change, but they will still need talented employees. And recruiters will be essential in ensuring that matches can be made, helping to find and place the talent that businesses may not discover.
As a recruiter, keeping in touch with current clients and planning for future business is imperative. Recruiters, you are in a role to give hope but also to lend your expertise to your clients on both sides of the transaction on what their best next steps may be:
It’s hard to tell how our job market will fair during these unprecedented times. But with shutdown mandates, social distancing requirements, business closures, and a volatile economy, feeling connected will be more important than ever. The fundamental base of a recruiter’s job description is to make connections - take this opportunity and do what you do best, and help define a positive narrative.