Though there are more job openings than ever in American history, employers are still struggling to fill them with job-seeking candidates. Perhaps due to the Great Resignation, jobseekers are not willing to take any job simply because it is open and available. It’s important to remember why jobseekers left their previous roles and how to acquire new talent in a post-pandemic world.
Empathy is key to moving forward in your job recruiting efforts. For many people, the past year and a half have been painful, unfortunate times. Not everyone had the luxury of working from home, as they may have been front-line workers with no remote option for work. So, it’s important to take into consideration that not all candidates have had the opportunity to develop certain skills, especially the soft skills that come with working from home.
Also understand that new or potential candidates have not had the opportunity to experience your company’s culture in-person. So, while everyone that used to work in-person has that culture internalized, it’s going to be quite difficult for any candidate to fully immerse themselves in the company culture as quickly as they may have in pre-pandemic times.
Finding the right candidate now involves not only matching their skills to the position, but their work preference to what is possible for your company. For example, Because Gen Z much prefers a hybrid working model compared to fully remote or fully in-person, recruiters can offer a balance of in-person and remote work for the future workforce to come. The future of the workforce desires more flexibility in working locations; can your company meet the growing popularity of hybrid workplaces as the pandemic continues and thereafter?
Understanding that people have been out of work for a long time or have had trouble finding steady work is step one. It’s not necessarily a lack of trying, many people simply couldn’t get work once they lost it because of the pandemic.
Not only is it empathetic to look past gaps in resumes especially during the pandemic years, it’s also just realistic. With the number of jobseekers who have been out of work due to the pandemic, it’s just impractical to ignore all the candidates who didn’t have steady work between 2020 and now. When talking with candidates with less experience, especially within the last year and a half, give them opportunities to show they may shine in areas other than what is desired for the position.
As job recruiting efforts continue to change, one thing should remain in place that has worked for everyone: remote interviews. Remote interviewing is not only more convenient for the jobseeker, but it also benefits companies that sold physical office space during the pandemic opting for fully virtual workplaces. Even though more and more Americans are getting fully vaccinated against Covid-19, remote interviews are a great way to avoid potential exposure to the virus, offering a safe way to interview talent.