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It’s been an interesting few months in the world of recruitment. I wanted to share some of my thoughts and observations of this time – as well as some advice as to what you should be doing as an employer at the moment. 
 
 
When lockdown first happened all of our vacancies disappeared overnight. Clients that we were running active campaigns for as their outsourced recruitment department asked that we hang fire for a while…which we did. We had nothing. 
 
We spent six weeks looking at our marketing activity and posting regularly across social media. We are lucky as we knew that we could weather this storm so was able to look at offering rewrites of job descriptions for free and to train up the Emerald Starfish team for sunnier days. We looked at the new world of working remotely and realised that actually recruitment is mainly a remote activity anyway so we could embrace the processes that we had already got in place. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Job offers are usually made over the phone, candidates are used to receiving the news that they have been successful over the phone and managers are used to doing this not fact to face. However, during lockdown how can you ensure that the job offer is received with as much impact as if you had met the candidate and were building on that initial face to face interaction? 
 
 
Here are our 4 steps to making a job offer remotely 
 
1. Offer quickly 
 
Let the candidates know during the recruitment process when you will let them know and keep to the timelines. It is a big non-verbal clue that you think that they are the best person for the job and you are excited to have them on board if you offer within 24 hours. The message isn’t quite the same a week later! 
If you have new starters joining the company who will be working from home how can you give them a great remote onboarding experience helping them to become engaged quickly with the business culture? 
 
 
 
Effective onboarding results gives 54% better productivity because new hires are able to learn more quickly from existing employees and master their roles at a quicker rate. Great onboarding also reduces staff turnover, which in turn reduces costs. Did you know that most employees within the first week of being with a company have already decided as to how long they plan to stay? 
 
Therefore, onboarding remotely needs to be just as effective as face to face. What can you do to ensure that this happens? 
 
Click below to read our top 6 tips to give your new starters a great experience, increase your retention and ensure their productivity. 
 
 
 
 
It may seem abnormal or unusual at the moment, but video interviewing and remote recruitment will become part of the “normal” recruitment and selection process. At the moment video interviews can seem like a scary prospect for both candidates and the recruiting managers too. 
 
What are the dos and don’ts of video interviewing so you can represent your company and your brand effectively whilst assessing a candidate’s potential whilst using video as a tool? 
 
Here are our 5 top tips to get the most out of candidates on video. 
 
 
 
 
In a recent survey (last week) 78% of all companies who responded said that they are currently doing less hiring than before lockdown or no recruitment activities at all. 
 
Those companies that are still recruiting are focussing on their business-critical roles, and for those that have identified these vacancies within the organisation, they need to get good quickly at remote recruitment. 
 
Is this you?  
 
Click below for our 5 top tips to be successful in remote recruitment. 
 
 
 
Part 2 of 2 blogs looking at rightsizing your organisation and assessing your current talent pool. 
 
 
 
Now is a great time to assess your workforce and look at the talent that you have within your organisation. 
 
As you move forward into the rest of the year you will be clear in terms of what talent you have as well as where you need to upskill, or where there are some competencies you may need to bring into the company. 
 
It is likely that many companies will not look or operate the same when we return to the new normal after Lockdown and the Corona Crisis, but what steps can you go through currently to ensure that you retain your talent and yet shape your business for tomorrow? 
 
Click below to follow our 5 Step plan. 
Rightsizing is a proactive process and should be a constant part of managing an organisation. With many employees furloughed are you making the best use of this opportunity to right-size your company? 
 
To right-size it is important to look at several factors – look at the market needs and trends, technologies, alternative approaches and new ideas. The current crisis that we all find ourselves in has meant that many of us have had to look at these areas anyway. Right-sizing needs to focus on the future and for leaders to look at where their organisation is to be headed post lockdown. Newly clarified or redefined strategic direction often gives leaders new insights about what skills are needed within the organisation to be able to head in this direction. 
 
Most of us aren’t entirely clear where things are headed after this pandemic, but each day certain aspects may become clearer. By making decisions on where things are most probably likely to be headed helps managers make more effective right sizing decisions around hiring new people and the direction for training and retraining current employees equipping them with new skills to prepare them for the future. 
 
Click below for 3 questions to ask yourself before starting right-sizing. 
The sudden lockdown for the COVID19 crisis has been a big change for all of us in the workplace. Some of your team may have been furloughed, others working from home. Some may be still coming into the workplace and having some new social distancing rules forced upon them. 
 
 
 
4 Areas you should Consider to Help your Team's Mental Health during Lockdown 
 
 
A lot of us are feeling more anxious. More stressed or overwhelmed with the current situation. Gone are the daily routines and rituals which have made up our working lives for many years. Change is rarely welcomed. Here are a few things that you can introduce to your teams to support them during this time if you can acknowledge areas that they may be struggling with if working from home. 
 
 
Click below to find 4 key areas that you should look at to make sure you are looking after your team's mental health whilst they are working from home during this time. 
Now is the time to play the long game. 
 
At the moment there are lots of potential candidates sat at home, either furloughed or working remotely for their current employers. Their job lives have changed massively over the last month. Some of them are busy, some can see the work starting to dry up, others are worrying about furlough and what will be left for them in their current role when lockdown or furlough finishes. Communication is often less, and most definitely different from before. So, as a potential future employer, what is the opportunity? 
 
What is your Employer Value Proposition? 
 
 
Do you have a plan B in terms of recruitment when you still have vacancies that need filling but you know that you may not be able to meet any of your candidates face to face? We share our top 3 tips to enable you to continue to recruit at the current time. 
This picture depicts my plan A. 
 
This is where I expected to be today. A celebration week away with the family in the Big Apple. However, like most of the rest of the world I am working instead on plan B. 
 
So, what happens when you are in the middle of a recruitment drive and plan B is initiated. It may be the COVID crisis this time, but next time it could be a manager taken sick or a vacancy that you want to fill quickly so the new person can join the pre-planned training course.  
 
Can you still recruit and successfully fill your team whilst operating plan B? 
 

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