The novel coronavirus set off an economic chain reaction, as more than 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment since the pandemic began. While the restaurant, retail, and hospitality industries were hit hardest in the initial wave of job losses, Bloomberg Economics projects that white-collar support staff could see their jobs at risk in a second wave. A prolonged recession is likely, but many companies that furloughed or laid workers off earlier in the spring are beginning to rehire. As states ease restrictions and allow consumers back into restaurants, malls and salons, the need for hourly workers will rebound and hiring managers need to prepare for a massive influx of new applicants.
Millions more Americans will be seeking work over the next several months than HR teams are prepared to handle. Compounding the problem, many HR teams themselves have experienced a reduction in staff size. Therein lies the challenge: reduced-strength talent acquisition teams must wade through an ocean of applicants to efficiently and effectively identify the best candidates for the job. Ideally, a company will provide a positive candidate experience, even as pressure mounts on the HR team. Below are three easy steps companies can take to ease the hiring process in these tumultuous times.