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5 Ways the Recruitment Industry can be Better than it was Before COVID-19

October 16, 2020 2:21 pm Published by

Back to normal? No thanks. 5 ways the recruitment industry can be better than it was before COVID-19.

The pandemic has hit the recruitment industry hard. Huge numbers of recruiters have been furloughed or lost their jobs. Meanwhile, clients stopped hiring, graduate schemes closed and job enquiries skyrocketed.

But that doesn’t mean we should look back to the pre-covid recruitment days through rose-coloured Covid-visors. Here’s why this is an opportunity for a better recruitment future.

1.   We are embracing the digital age

There are employees working for companies who have yet to step into their office or meet their boss or colleagues. This is not unique to 2020. Over the last 10 years technology firms have explored digital working methods, that means they can operate their businesses 24 hours a day by employing staff around the globe. So when coronavirus hit, the impact on their day-to-day operations was minimal.

Now other industries have been pushed into learning from these firms. Virtual onboarding, remote learning and flexible working incentives – we’re already seeing these being implemented. This is the start of something new and growing.

2.   Remote working works

Hiring practices changed overnight. The pandemic pushed remote working onto industries who had only thought about it before or not at all. Now, not only are more recruiters working from home, so are our candidates and clients.

Many industries have discovered how doable remote working is. Sure, it doesn’t work for every business, but it’s here to stay and it’s an exciting time to see how that will change recruitment.

3.   Wellbeing is a higher priority

Companies have had to learn to invest in their employees’s home lives, not just the time they’re in the office. Managers now support staff, clients and customers who are juggling caring for family whilst working in their living room.

This has meant a change in policies and the perks on offer to new jobseekers. Flexible working, health benefits, and training and mentoring options. These will only increase when the jobs market improves and will also encourage greater diversity in the workforce.

You can read more about training and mentoring in recruitment here.

4.   Specialist recruiters are needed

Not only has lockdown created time for learning new skills to make you a better recruiter, it’s also forced companies to turn away from the bigger firms to smaller recruiters with a specialism in their industry.

There’s a huge difference between how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the entertainment industry compared to the healthcare sector. So there’s now a greater need for recruiters who have specialist knowledge in their field. This suits smaller firms and recruiters looking to start their own recruitment firm. Something we at JMC Partners can help you with. Find out more here.

5.   We bounce back

History has shown that the recruitment industry was one of the first to recover following the 2008 recession. When the economy improves, the jobs market jumps back into life and recruiters are there to get the workforce back and running.

Finding the perfect job for highly skilled candidates is the best thing about working in recruitment. And whatever the new normal looks like, that part of the job won’t change. Follow us on LinkedIn for more content like this! Or browse the other content we have here.

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Jason Connolly set up JMC Legal Recruitment in 2016 when he was still in his 20s. JMC Legal quickly established itself as one of the big players in the industry and Jason has also become a well-known fixture in the press, offering advice and support.

JMC Partners is looking for recruiters interested in starting a business partnership under the JMC brand. Find out more here or contact our office for more information.

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