These are truly unprecedented times.
More people are working from home and day-to-day business operations are being conducted online at a much higher rate. As if adapting to this new way of life isn’t a challenge already, you are trying to grow your business.
A pandemic might not last forever, but it definitely opens up new ways of life and business. Like so many, your business will have to adapt and pivot and that means developing a strategy for recruiting at home.
Recruiting from home
One of the most important things about hiring someone is communication. A lot of the time, we communicate face-to-face, able to pick up cues and nuances that emails and written communication just don’t pick up.
Not only is communication important for you to get to know a recruit, it works the other way as well. It’s important to understand that both of you are approaching this new way of life and trying to get a handle on it.
That’s why it’s important to have a strong communication plan.
You will need to make sure that all of your marketing and platforms have been updated to reflect your current position. Being transparent and clear will be vital to your overall message.
Answer all questions to the best of your knowledge. Especially during times of uncertainty, you will need to let potential candidates know what they should expect from you.
An incredibly powerful tool to have when recruiting from home is a landing page. A landing page would be attached to your website with crucial information pertaining to your business. That way, all potential candidates can learn how to navigate this new territory. You can keep this landing page updated so that potential recruits can stay informed.
Using technology in the hiring process
Scheduling a virtual interview is the very first thing that comes to mind. While real estate agents have adapted their open houses to go online, so should you in your recruiting process.
There are a lot of programs out there that offer online offices and meeting rooms, like Zoom and Google Hangouts. Find one that suits you and your needs and go from there.
Using tools to leverage your ability to recruit from home is essential. SmartSetter offers an incredible opportunity to do the groundwork in finding potential recruits in your area. By using a service as a tool, you can eliminate the problems of meeting people in person.
Once a potential recruit offers their resume, you can use technology to match important keywords for the position.
Getting to know someone online is tricky. However, with the right tools and a bit of adaptation, you will be able to find the right people for your firm.
Once a new candidate has been hired, onboarding will present a challenge. According to this article, a certain type of leadership style will have to be embraced. Making someone feel like they are part of the team while everyone is working in separate areas will be an obstacle. You will need to go above and beyond to ensure a new hire doesn’t feel left out.
Your job, as a leader, will be to keep your team motivated and spirits high.
Not everyone excels at working remotely. It requires discipline and a certain proactive personality that isn’t common in all workers. One article recommends starting each day with a positive note. Not only will you share inspiration, but the note offers a prompt of when the workday begins.
These truly are unprecedented times, but there’s something we can learn from them. Adapting business to the current times also shows that you are flexible and fast-acting. True leadership shines through moments of adversity.