How Priorities Are Shifting for Job Seekers & Recruiters in 2021

Recently, I read an article published by StaffingHub discussing a new survey about the shift in priorities for job seekers in a COVID-19 job market. As an Executive Recruiter with Aureus Group, it’s very important to be informed, knowledgeable, and up to date with candidates’ priorities and what’s most important to them.  Today, when talking about our clients’ opportunities, candidates are asking us more questions about safety and remote work, and more shifts

Many candidates are concerned about safety and how the company’s leadership responded to COVID-19, as well as what the company’s plan is for keeping them working safely in 2021. There’s a high degree of worry for their own personal health and the health of their families. Companies need to set those policies and guidelines sooner rather than later and communicate them to ease any concerns for their employees, both current and future.

Now, let’s talk about remote work. With our current environment and uncertain future, more candidates are seeking jobs with companies that offer remote work. For example, I spoke with a candidate who has been an active candidate in Omaha for the past two weeks and just got a new job! While they live in Omaha, they are now working remotely for a company based in Indianapolis, IN because local companies were not offering remote work.

A few months ago, I attended a Dice webinar and learned that 70% of technologists prefer working remotely. Employees who are remote say they are more productive, they get more done, their work/life balance is better, and they are happier.  By offering remote work, you have the ability to attract the best talent and retain them.

It’s important to note that shifts are occurring in recruiting too, one of them being how interviews are conducted. Majority of candidates are being interviewed by video and some still by phone. While video interviewing isn’t preferred by recruiters, as in-person interviews are considered to be the most effective, it’s crucial to be adaptable so the candidate is comfortable, especially during a pandemic!

Another shift is in how candidates are being contacted about opportunities. Traditionally the candidate applies to a job and the recruiter gives them a call and engages them over the phone. Today, about 50% of candidates are being contacted by text and/or social media.

As you talk about your recruiting strategies for 2021, be sure you’re shifting and meeting candidate priorities. They’re changing and we need to change with them. The year 2020 will be in our rearview mirrors before we know it, and we’re not looking back!

Linda Aughenbaugh, Executive Recruiter
Linda Aughenbaugh has been in the recruiting and staffing industry for more 30 years. Linda has been with Aureus Group for almost 11 years in several different capacities including Account Manager, Recruiter, Recruiting Manager, Branch Manager, and Executive Recruiter. She has held different positions with other firms as well, including Franchise Owner of a franchise staffing service for nearly 12 years, Director of IT Contract Staffing, and Branch Manager. She has received numerous awards and has achieved President’s Club seven times. She has a true passion, determination, and drive in helping people improve their career situation and for finding the right talent at the right time for her clients.

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