Are companies still hiring as the economy comes to a near halt? We can all agree COVID-19 has significantly changed the dynamics of job searching. Every day we hear how the unemployment rate has skyrocketed to an all-time high. So many people are being laid off or furloughed. However, even in the midst of these challenging times, some employers are still hiring. Healthcare, pharma, grocery, public safety, weapons dealers, shipping and delivery are just a few of the industries that continue to recruit and hire talent.
As an HR professional, what has changed most is the recruiting process. Recruiting is accomplished almost entirely via phone, email or video conferencing. The on boarding process has evolved into a virtual ecosphere with New Employee Orientation, I-9 verification, access to company information, training and other processes transitioned into that environment.
If you are beginning a job search, or are in the middle of one, there are some important tasks you must embrace. Continue to network, apply for positions, become more comfortable with online interactions and/or enhance your skills with online training. Rehearse speaking and presenting in an upbeat manner and project a good, solid, positive, can-do attitude and spirit. You may only get one chance to virtually meet a potential employer and you have already proven yourself on paper. Nail the presentation and take the job you rightly deserve. Remember, the employer is making a determination as to your fit in addition to your skill set. Finally, ensure you repeatedly check your email (including spam) and voicemail – master the new norm.
- Tywnia Brewton, Director, Human Resources and CRC Board Member