Online business or e-commerce is thriving during the pandemic. COVID-19 and its seemingly unstoppable advance are the main driving factors that have made the Internet the most lucrative frontier in the history of man. Think Amazon and the $200-billion worth Jeff Bezos. Needless to say, not being able to get your business an online presence can be counterintuitive at this time.
One thing is certain: to start your digital journey, you need to assemble your team. While you may have employees who work for you in a traditional way, their skills may not be up to the tasks for the business you have in mind. To top it all, zeroing in on capable hands can be a more daunting task. Luckily, the Internet can provide timely tools that should be able to help land you your topnotch worker.
Sure, all one needs to do to access an astronomic amount of data is to log on to the Internet. Such convenience makes it a perfect solution to the highly restrictive nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For instance, Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books, a bookstore that has been a favorite coffee lounge area in Philadelphia, started selling books online after shelter-in-place orders had been made by the authorities. With coronavirus in town, technology adoption has been the name of the game.
Still, there are gaping loopholes appearing as being online becomes a norm. When you’re recruiting online, you can’t really attend to your tasks always. Staying online 24/7 is an impossible feat, human as we are. And that can create delays in your talent acquisition efforts.
Good thing you have Google Alerts. When you set it up properly, this Google service can alert you via Gmail when a job-hunting candidate is actively on the prowl. You can even set it up so that you can be notified when companies are laying off.
But it gets even better. You can also configure your Gmail so that you can get text messages whenever a reply is made to your recruiting emails. That way, you will not have to always be online just to be abreast of your talent search.
Now, the greatest task that you need to accomplish in your search for qualified candidates is the screening process. While traditional methods have their value under the sun, these may not be the fastest route to find who you are looking for.
For starters, resumes are a convenient tool used for decades now. But they are remarkably unreliable. Data show that the majority of resumes do not actually reflect the truth. Seventy percent carry misleading information, while nearly half, or 46%, contain blatant lies. Interviews also can be useful. But since they are subjective by nature, they can be another unreliable source to base the hiring process upon.
On the other end of the spectrum, pre-employment skills testing can be a great way to know the skill level of a prospective candidate online. These tests are validated, giving you a comprehensive knowledge of how well a candidate’s skill set fits the job. That is because these tests are made by recruiting professionals who are experts in the field of human psychology.
In effect, you do not only arrive at your targeted business outcome; you do so faster while being able to cut costs. It is a win-win solution that can be easily implemented online.
It is easy to get lost in the jungle of recruitment. You may not realize it, but as you add more candidates to your filing system, you tend to lose track of the essentials. Put in the mix your desire to hasten things up, and you could be mishandling the job at hand.
Then again, the Internet offers a slew of unique tools to help you manage the mountains of recruitment tasks. Project management tools such as Trello, ClickUp, and TeamWeek can certainly come in handy when you want to put an order in all the chaos.
And the best part is that these tools can be enjoyed for free. You do not have to shed a single dollar to use them. Of course, paid versions with better functionalities are also available.
With all that said, you should realize that the Internet is your best friend when you want to zero in on needed talent fast in these trying times. Making the most of what the Internet can offer only means that you are giving your talent search a great start.