2020 has been a funny old year hasn’t it?!
I don’t think anyone could have predicted the social and economic consequences of Coronavirus, and in particular it’s impact on employment throughout the UK.
The word ‘furlough’ is now synonymous with the world of work in 2020 and many have found it a challenging time for job security and career opportunities. However, in some instances there has still been a need for recruitment.
If you have found yourself in this position, here’s our top 5 tips for recruiting in 2020:
1) Utilise online adverts– it goes without saying these days but you really need to ensure your vacancy is visible online in the right places. Who is your ideal candidate? Where are they most likely to visit whilst online? This doesn’t always have to cost a fortune and doesn’t always have to be with the big agencies. Check out doinggoodleeds.org.uk/jobs for inspiration!
2) The power of social media– never underestimate social media in sharing your job vacancy, profile and to get people talking about your brand. Keep sharing and keep engaging with your audience.
3) Zoom interviews– Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype; whichever platform you have been using, there’s no denying the importance of online meetings in 2020. Whilst the idea of Zoom interviews may seem strange the principles of recruitment and interviewing are still the same. Ensure your candidates are put at ease, introduce all participants in the ‘room’ and continue to make eye contact throughout. Utilise all the usual tools for interviewing and you’ll get the best out of your candidates online.
4) Old fashioned telephone conversations- whilst face to face meetings have been suspended it’s important to remember the personal touch of following up online interactions with telephone conversions. Build relationships and create an informal opportunity to feedback and catch up.
5) Build a strong induction plan– starting a new role in 2020 may be fraught with uncertainty for candidates, so it’s more important than ever to put new starters at ease and plan a comprehensive induction plan. Arrange informal online meetings with other staff members and plan regular catch ups. An effective virtual induction can ensure new starters feel valued and supported as they get to grips with their new role, whether working in the office or remotely at home.
Find out more about our Leeds based recruitment service on our dedicated webpage.