Pandemic Poses Recruiting, Hiring Challenges

Kathy Gurchiek By Kathy Gurchiek June 4, 2020

This is the 11th in a series of compilations of answers to #NextChat questions of the day about how people are working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is your biggest concern as we enter the next chapter and prepare to return to our workplaces?

That was the questions posed by Mary Kaylor, SHRM-SCP, manager of public affairs at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), in a recent #NextChat discussion. The following is a compilation of responses from LinkedIn and Twitter:

SHRM Resource Spotlight
Coronavirus and COVID-19

Hiring Strategy

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Michael Caress, statewide educator liaison for the California Community College Chancellor's Office in Sacramento, on LinkedIn.


'Hiring Pause'

I recruit for small business owners so it's super slow and uncertain for me right now.  When this passes they will be hiring like crazy so I'm keeping in touch with potential candidates in the meantime.  

Melissa Brisco, HR recruiting consultant at Employer Flexible HR in Cypress, Texas, on LinkedIn.

I-9 Requirements

How to satisfy requirements for I-9 verification with social distancing or if office closed. Thoughts?

Carol McBride, SHRM-CP, chief HR officer and executive vice president at Germania Insurance in Brenham, Texas, on LinkedIn.

 Christina Coleman E-Verify is a web based system which is administered by SSA and USICS. From what I see, we would need the person's SSN and a photo ID. I have never used it personally. 

Kim Jarvis, SHRM-CP, HR and site administration manager at Novasep in the greater Philadelphia area, on LinkedIn.

LaTrelle P., HR analyst for the city of Savannah, Ga., on LinkedIn.

The organizations that figure this out first, my guess will have high volume of quality applicants. If you can figure out working remotely, recruiting and hiring should be doable. The best will make it happen. 

William Leo Herrmann, retired HR professional in the greater Chicago area, on LinkedIn.

William so very true. We here at North American Risk Services have not skipped a beat. Our systems are paperless from calling a candidate, interviewing and to 100% on-boarding. Even our interactive training is via Webinar. Our IT department are rock stars, as they are work through any hurdles with having our nation wide staff working remotely in a very fast turn around time. I am proud to be part of the best of the best in the industry!!!! 

Terri Williams, corporate recruiter at North American Risk Services in Altamonte Springs, Fla., on LinkedIn.

More from this series:

For Better or Worse During COVID-19: Sharing Telework Space

Bone Broth Cleanse, Push-Up Clubs: HR Pros Share COVID-19 Workout Routines

Juggling Child Care with Telework? Here Are Some Tips

Tips for Employee Orientation During COVID-19

COVID-19 Continuity Planning: Identify Critical Tasks, Broaden Tech Use

Pet Pals Are 'Co-Workers' During Quarantine

People Look Forward to Simple Pleasures After COVID-19

Performance Reviews During COVID-19: Should You Suspend Them?

Safety, Poor Planning Among Concerns as Employers Plan a Return to the Workplace

Monday, Monday: How Do You Gear Up for the Week?

Virtual Happy Hours, Games and Meals: Team Building Varies During COVID-19



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