Recruiters Have Fewer Resources & More Challenges. Help!
COVID-19 has put intense pressures on recruiters, who now find themselves navigating a landscape of widescale layoffs, restricted hiring budgets, and an ever-increasing inbound talent pool. These may be uncertain times, but there is a silver lining.
Amongst numerous challenges, the pandemic presents a unique opportunity to improve your hiring process. Whether your business is booming or on pause, it’s the perfect time to rethink your recruitment strategy as we head into the new normal.
And with fewer resources at your disposal, automation can help streamline and enhance your current processes, resulting in peak productivity.
The Current State of Recruiting
Almost every industry has been affected by layoffs in the past few months. In April, U.S. job postings dropped 43%, resulting in almost half of all staffing businesses and recruiting agencies experiencing layoffs or furloughs.
Due to these cutbacks, you might be wearing more hats than ever, with fewer colleagues to shoulder the workload. Alternatively, if you are a member of the 10.2% of Americans who are currently unemployed, you might be using this time to educate yourself on new tools & resources. So you can hit the ground running in your next role.
Regardless of whether you are working with a leaner team or unemployed and looking to stand out, it’s essential to leverage the right tools to source the best talent efficiently and effectively.
More Work, Less Time
With 30 Million Americans unemployed, the job seeker talent pool is bigger than ever, and you may be getting more inbound applications than you can manage. But even if you are being inundated with applicants, it is still necessary to source candidates, as the perfect prospect might not be sitting in your inbox.
How are you supposed to find time to sift through inbound applications and source for qualified candidates … all with a smaller team than before?
Sourcing talent is time-consuming. Recruiters spend one-third (13 hours) of their week finding candidates for just one role. In today’s recruiting world, the time required to source effectively becomes increasingly difficult with smaller teams and with increased job responsibilities.
Committing one-third of your time to sourcing just isn’t reasonable given the added responsibilities the pandemic has forced upon us.
However, it’s still important that you move quickly to find the best candidates for your open positions, or you risk losing them to competitors. And don’t even get us started on the challenges of sifting through inbound applicants fast enough. With many newly unemployed applicants being top performers, they won’t stay out of a job long, meaning speed is everything.
So how can you make the most out of your limited time while maintaining strong candidate relationships and juggling inbound and outbound sourcing (and parenting, teaching, cleaning, cooking… ahhh!)?
If you haven’t looked into recruiting automation technology previously, now is the time to do so! For example, Fetcher is a full-service, recruiting automation platform that helps cut down those hours spent on sourcing and outreach. With recruiting automation, you can automate more monotonous, time-consuming tasks, giving you time back to focus on more strategic work (or just keeping your head above water!).
Recruiting automation platforms to give you more time to focus on candidate engagement and team collaboration. It’s like your very own external sourcer working for you 24/7 – and we need all the help we can get right now!
Imagine being able to send 150+ emails in just an hour vs. the 10+ hours needed to do this manually. One hour of work and 10 interested candidates in your inbox – an easy way to get in front of qualified candidates before your competition. Through automation and optimization, you will be able to fill your hiring pipeline seamlessly.
Not only will automation save you time, but it will also save you money (and we know everyone is watching their budgets these days!). Automation is here to make your job easier, giving you time back to wear all those other hats you’ve been given this year.
You’ve Got This!
There’s no point in sugar-coating things. Times are changing and you are facing more professional and personal stress than usual. But, you will get through this. Recruiters are known for their tireless determination, resilience, and adaptability.
Now is the time to implement tools that will help you emerge stronger than ever before.
Melissa Roer is the VP of Marketing at Fetcher. With a diverse background across travel, healthcare, technology, and HR, she has a passion for helping companies become efficient and effective growth engines, while also ensuring the culture of the company & humanization of recruiting remains.
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