There’s no question about it that we are living in a virtual world. It’s moving in an even more virtual direction and quickly. While shifting from in-person to virtual back in March 2020, it was a matter of adapting to survive. That includes adding virtual recruitment to your strategy to fill your open positions!
Implementing these virtual trends moving forward is a matter of adapting to thrive. The benefits of incorporating remote work, video meetings, virtual events, etc, speak for themselves. Here’s what we’ve seen and what you can expect to see moving forward, especially in looking at virtual recruitment.
Virtual Recruitment in a Virtual Future. From Hiring Events to hired
It’s still difficult for some of the old-guard of the business world to understand that business can and is being done virtually. But the reality is that with a laptop and a wifi connection, you meet, “face-to-face,” so to speak. You can meet highly-trained, highly-qualified individuals who can help keep your talent pipelines full virtually. Hard to believe you can hire people without them ever walking through the doors of your office.
Virtual Hiring Events are starting to pop up more and more often for a few simple reasons:
- Limiting in-person interactions is the smart thing to do in regard to public health
- The candidates come to you. You can meet and have initial interviews with candidates from the comfort of your home/office
- It’s a quicker/more cost-effective way to fill your open positions.
For the G.I. Jobs Virtual Career Expo, it’s an easy process to get started. Once you register, you will have a Virtual Booth where job candidates can come to have that initial one-on-one conversation. You can meet with them over video or through a chat conversation, that’s up to you. Candidates come to the event with resumes. So, when you meet someone you like, you can check their qualifications on the spot and decide if you would like to set up the following interview. From here, there are various user-friendly platforms that will allow you to continue the interview/hiring process virtually.
Why stop there? There has been a monumental shift, since the pandemic, of businesses closing their doors and shifting to remote work. With the technology readily available to the average person, we can meet, interview, hire, and work all from the comfort of our homes. This brings us to our next topic – Remote Work.
Shifting to Remote Work
Even before the COVID-19 outbreak reached the United States we had started to see a shift to employees working remotely. In fact, a story from CNBC revealed that 42% of full-time employees said that they would like to work from home more, even when things go back to normal. Even some more old-school, traditional companies are considering WFH in some capacity once things go, “back to normal.” We have seen that for a lot of organizations that the transition from the office to remote work was seamless. Introducing some sort of hybrid between working from home and going to the office is something worth exploring.
People are growing more accustomed to this new way of working, and job searchers are beginning to seek out positions that have remote work flexibility. In addition, a large portion of these remote workers find that they are more productive when they are away from the distractions of the workplace while striking a more comfortable work balance. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, remote work is the way of the future.
Webinars Are Trending
Webinars have been a staple in the world of marketing for quite some time now. They are a great way for an organization to showcase the expertise of its team members while helping to position them as thought leaders in the industry. They are also a great platform to showcase your company now more than ever with so much of the world being remote.
When done correctly, webinars can be more cost-effective and impactful than in-person events. If you are looking for a starting point, check out some of our previous webinars for reference. You can expect to see more of these popping up in the coming months and into the new year.
E-Commerce Sales Increasing
E-Commerce is a commercial transaction that takes place over the internet. Simply put, when you make a purchase online as opposed to at a store or over the phone with a sales representative, that is E-Commerce. Over the last few years we have already seen a shift in buyer tendencies from purchasing at brick and mortar locations to making online transactions and the reason is simple, it’s easier.
Things have continued to shift drastically as we face the new realities of the COVID pandemic. Brick and mortar businesses we hit hard and many will never recover, closing their doors for the last time. At the same time, consumers have gotten used to stay-at-home mandates and have adjusted by getting everything they need delivered right to their homes. Companies of every size are starting to offer the ability to transact online and you can plan to see the world of E-commerce continue to grow and expand as we move into the new year.
What Does The Future Look Like For Virtual Recruitment?
While we’re not proposing that every company in the world is going to adopt these new ways of conducting business overnight, the shift has already started and there’s no end in sight.
If you are interested in joining the charge then check out our upcoming Virtual Career Expo where we will bring top qualified candidates directly to your computer screens.
You can also create a free profile on our GI Jobs Career Portal to find veterans and military spouses looking for remote, hybrid, or in-office work.