Pandemic spawns new trends in hiring


    A human resource expert said the oversupply in the labor market has prompted business to recalibrate hiring.

    Those still hiring are looking for candidates with additional skills, preferably within their own communities to address logistical issues.

    Trixie Whyte, founder of Q2 HR Solutions, said in a statement her company has observed a repurposing and redeployment of workers in certain industries hit by the pandemic such as entertainment, hospitality, airlines and cruise-ships, among others.

    “There are just competencies that are very specific to an industry and are difficult to move across another sector,” Whyte said.

    She added industries that are facing an uncertain future are cautious and are putting recruitment activities on hold. These include industries like business process outsourcing.

    “Additional recruitment and employment criteria now include things like: Internet access and good Wi-Fi coverage at home; conducive home work environment; noise cancelling gadgets and apps; and strong self-management and self-motivation, requiring that the candidate is able to work with minimal supervision,” she said.

    Whyte added her company has seen a movement towards localized recruitment drives i.e. hiring candidates who live near the company location for businesses that require their workforce to come into the workplace, especially for the manufacturing sector.

    The pandemic has given rise to technology tools and portals to help job seekers look for employment opportunities.

    “Virtual platforms are now the norm in recruitment. This means candidates would need to differentiate themselves to stand out from the crowd. People are up-skilling to broaden their job opportunities through online courses, and there has been a surge of freelance workers in various disciplines. Digitizing CVs (curriculum vitaes) is a trend that will continue to rise, and I predict that video CV will be the new norm and will be a differentiator,” she added.

    Whyte said because of these changes in the hiring landscape, companies will need extra resources to help identify the right candidates due to the surge of unemployment leading to more applications.