Social media is currently awash with blogs, videos and loads of other information about the current pandemic, tips on working from home and positive messages of encouragement.
So we thought that we would offer some practical advice to all those organisations that are really worried about what is going to happen to their business in the future and share some best practices regarding recruitment strategy during a crisis.
First of all...
It is essential that we acknowledge that there are going to be a lot of emotions being felt at the moment by everyone such as:
These are all natural emotions at a time like this and you can rest assured that everyone out there is feeling at least one of these if not several. What tends to follow these emotions when it comes to hiring decisions is:
- Hiring freezes
- Roles put on hold
- Offers rescinded
- Unpaid leave
- Salary/ hour reductions
- Job losses/redundancies
This is happening right now to people not just in the UK but across the world and has had such a massive impact on so many lives. We have seen a decline in the number of job adverts being published online and not just in the Christian sector. Whilst we understand this is a natural response to a crisis of this magnitude it is important to remember that this is not the only course of action.
What else can be done?
Over the last week, Christian Jobs has still seen new jobs added to our website, we are still speaking with Candidates about new opportunities, we have still been submitting CV’s to our clients and we are still arranging interviews.
At such an uncertain time one thing is for sure, at some point in the future things are going to get better and when they do there is going to be a sharp increase in organisations looking for talented candidates to join their teams to help them get back on track. We at Christian Jobs are currently putting all our energies into supporting Candidates who are currently looking for jobs.
What can you be doing right now?
- Try to avoid stopping any ongoing processes. There have been a lot of stories recently about businesses who are pulling job offers and delaying start dates even when Candidates have already handed in their notice. I understand the pressures that this may put on your organisation but think of the impact this could have long term. Your business (at some point) will still need that person to complete the work you had for them.
- Keep investing in marketing and brand awareness; at times like this when everyone is online, you have an amazing opportunity to promote your organisation and the work you do to (literally) a captive audience. This can be done in so many ways and at really affordable prices.
- Use this time to invest in technology to streamline your recruitment process from advertising to interviewing to offers. Use this an opportunity to explore video interviewing and create brand new processes that allow you to host interviews without having to hold physical face to face meetings.
We are fortunate...
We are fortunate to live in a time where we can use technology to not only keep in touch with our colleagues but we can also use it to identify Candidates, submit CV’s and host interviews if we need to. Recruitment can still be done and we are doing it. Don’t isolate yourself to the point where nothing gets done. If you have any concerns about your recruitment strategy, we are here to help and we want to hear from you so please get in touch.
Email your concerns to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will personally get in contact with you to discuss how Christian jobs can support your organisation during this challenging time.
God bless and stay safe.