In the early days of the pandemic, many companies held onto the recruitment practices they had developed before COVID-19. However, as time passed, it often became clear that yesterday’s approaches weren’t as effective in the existing climate.
Since the pandemic is still a concern today, companies need to reexamine their recruitment and hiring practices. That way, they can find the talent with greater ease and in less time, ensuring they can meet their 2021 hiring goals.
If you aren’t sure how to begin, here are some tips for better recruitment and quicker hiring in 2021.
Make Flexible Work Arrangements Part of Your New Normal
Today, many professionals have experienced work-from-home arrangements first-hand. As a result, a significant portion has discovered the benefits of this type of flexible work arrangement, including everything from eliminating commutes to improved work-life balance.
While some companies may be eager to have employees return to the workplace, not all professionals will feel the same. If you eliminate flexible work arrangements – or make it clear that you plan to do so shortly – you’re going to miss out on talent who favor this benefit.
Instead of ditching telecommuting options, find ways to integrate them into your new normal. For example, if positions can be permanently remote, consider maintaining that as an option. If telecommuting full-time isn’t practical, consider letting professionals work from home at least part-time.
That will make you a more attractive employer, making recruitment easier to manage. Plus, it may make it easier to broaden your talent pool. After all, full-time remote positions don’t have to go to candidates in your local area, so you may be able to tap talent who aren’t in your city or state.
Adopt Simplified, Streamlined, and Mobile-Friendly Practices
If you want to increase your talent pool’s size, simplifying and streamlining your application process is a must. Asking candidates to jump through too many hoops – such as submitting a resume and making them fill out an application or asking multiple essay questions – makes applying cumbersome. It may even be considered too much trouble in some cases, causing candidates to abandon the process before they finish.
Additionally, job seekers often rely on mobile devices for their job search. If your application process isn’t mobile-friendly, they may choose to walk away instead of fighting with it or coming back to it when they are at a computer.
Ideally, you want your application process to be a breeze. Eliminate as many steps as possible, and make sure it can be completed on any device.
Partner with a Staffing Firm to Hire Better and Faster
If you truly want to update your hiring practices for 2021, partnering with a staffing firm is a wise choice. You’ll gain access to recruitment experts who can help you find in-demand talent with greater ease. Plus, they have reliable, streamlined practices that simplify hiring, all while providing you with access to a robust, pre-vetted talent pool of active and passive job seekers.
Your hiring process can be ready for today’s demands and prepared for what tomorrow may hold by working with a recruitment agency. If you’d like to make yours 2021-ready, the team at The Advance Group can help. Contact us to learn more about our services and see how our hiring solutions can make 2021 your best year yet.