The Solution to Hiring Delays Due to COVID-19

Nobody likes hiring delays, especially recruiters. However, if you’ve been in this profession for any length of time, you know that hiring delays are part of the business.

And they are especially part of the business NOW in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic impact that it’s had on the economy.

In some cases, even if they can convince a candidate to interview and then consider the possibility of relocating, employers are insisting on the “perfect candidate.” (Which, of course, does not exist.) Recruiters are getting frustrated because clients keep asking for more options even after quality candidates have been presented. And we don’t blame them.

As a recruiter, you depend on placements for your livelihood. Consequently, hiring delays can cause a lot of undue stress. Fortunately, there is a way for you to help clients make decisions more quickly. You can offer candidates on a contract basis. In other words, you can offer contract staffing services to your clients.

This addresses a number of factors. Employers concerned about the cost and administrative burden tied to employees can instead utilize contractors. These contractors are the legal employees of a third party (you as the recruiter or an outside recruitment back office service that you utilize). As a result, the third party, not your client, is responsible for legal compliance. To combat economic uncertainty, your client can use the person on a contract basis and convert them to a direct hire when they feel more secure.

In addition, contract-to-direct arrangements are a great option. They allow the client to evaluate the worker’s performance, work ethic, and fit with the corporate culture on the job.  They can then decide whether or not to extend the direct hire offer to the candidate. Some clients are evaluating many of their new hires in this manner.

Top Echelon is pleased to recommend our partner for contract staffing solutions, Foxhire. No matter what you know (or don’t know) about contract staffing, Foxhire can walk you through every step of the process and put your mind at ease at the same time.

Click HERE to visit the Foxhire website for more information. You can also call (888) 534-9417.

Hiring delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic are frustrating, but you don’t have to just sit back and wait. By offering alternative staffing options that address your clients’ concerns, you can get job orders filled more quickly.

That’s good for you, your clients, and your candidates!

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