Hi everyone,

Melissa here, owner of FindAJobPA.com, and I hope you’re all having a fabulous fall! Hasn’t the weather been wonderful lately? 

It’s November, and with Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, it’s a great time to reflect on things we’re thankful for. That’s the theme of this month’s newsletter – I’ll share a few things to be thankful for (as a job-seeker and a recruiter) in these strange times, and then I’d love to hear from you all about things you’re thankful for too. 

Let’s dive in! 

Things to be thankful for as a job-seeker:

Employers want YOU to work for them

Good news job-seekers! The ball is literally in your court. Employers are looking to hire back to pre-pandemic levels (or even larger volume if they grew during the past 18 months), and as a result they’re aggressively recruiting candidates and offering all kinds of great perks. It’s common to see sign-on bonuses of a few thousand dollars, on top of benefits like health insurance that might not have been available in 2019 or 2020. Plus, since recruiters are looking to fill positions quickly, the chances of your resume ending up in the dreaded “recruiting black hole” are pretty slim. You’ll hear back almost right away if that recruiter thinks you’re a good fit for the position. 

You can apply to tons of jobs (and even make it through the interview process) without leaving home

Another pandemic plus is that tools like Zoom have gone from niche to commonplace in the recruiting world. Almost every industry will have some form of online recruiting, application, and interviewing going beyond the typical phone screen. Again, this makes it easier for you to snag that dream job or prospect into switching industries. If you can do a Zoom interview remotely on your lunch break, it opens up opportunities that would be almost impossible to get if you had to travel for an on-site interview. Plus you can do the whole “suit jacket and shorts” thing on that Zoom interview. 

Remote work continues to be seen as a permanent option

Software giant Salesforce made waves a few months ago when they announced that the majority of their employees would be working remotely at least a few days each week, with some remaining fully remote indefinitely. Salesforce is far from alone across companies large and small with their decision, so if you’re a fan of remote work, things are definitely looking up for you! 

Things to be thankful for as a recruiter: 

Folks are actively looking for jobs 

If your job is to find candidates for open positions (which it is since you’re a recruiter), this is a great time to look for those job-hunters. With more folks working from home for the past 12+ months, they’ve had the opportunity to re-evaluate their careers, and a lot of them are looking for additional opportunities. All you have to do is make sure they can find your position(s), and before you know it you’ll have tons and tons of apps. 

One-way and two-way video interviews are becoming the new normal

Some people love them and others hate them. I personally think they’re wonderful. Especially the one-way interviews as they let you see a candidate’s body language as they respond to questions, rather than a phone screen where you have no idea what they’re doing while they’re talking to you. And two-way video interviews are also a great pandemic innovation as they allow for much more flexibility when interviewing candidates, along with greater reach as folks don’t have to leave their house for an interview, even if they are planning to relocate later on if they get the position. 

It’s never been easier to post your jobs

Finally, as we wrap up things to be thankful for, everyone in the recruiting industry has benefited from the innovations and expansions of online job-posting platforms. Again, with more job-seekers working from home and not having to commute, everyone has more time to look for jobs and apply for jobs, and the job-seeking platforms have taken advantage of this. While many platforms promise wide national reach, it’s hard to find a platform that provides you access to local job-seekers. That’s where FindAJobPA.com can help – we put your positions in front of thousands of local job-seekers so you can fill your positions quickly and with quality folks. 

Normally this is where I’d wrap up the newsletter, but this month I’m asking for y’alls help to finish writing it. Let me know in the comments below or text me at 814-590-6221 with things you are thankful for either as a recruiter or job-seeker. I can’t wait to hear your responses!

Until next time,

Melissa