Best Practices for Recruiters Returning to Work

by Dave Nerz

We are in Michigan so maybe a bit behind others in North America and around the world, but if you are not back to your recruiting office or visiting clients, you might be soon. So here are some ideas to consider for returning to work. Read the rest of this entry »


Returning to Work After the Pandemic

by Veronica Blatt

If you’re a business owner or manager whose team is currently working remotely, have you started to think about what returning to work will look like? You will need to have a plan in place to ensure worker safety, even in an office environment. This will be true whether you own a building or rent space. Some things you may need to consider in your plan:

Maintaining social distancing in your office

Those in an open floor plan will need to create physical separation between work spaces. Ideas include moving work stations farther apart (if feasible), installing “sneeze guards” or other barriers, and working in shifts. This could mean some people work from home while others work from the office. It could mean having people working at different times of the day. Read the rest of this entry »


Recruiters: Especially Now, Be the Adult in the Room

by Dave Nerz

Stress can affect the office or workplace, even when it is virtual, as well as influence relationships with co-workers, subordinates, clients and contacts. Something as far-reaching and serious as Covid-19 has raised the stakes to new levels. So now is the time to consider the seriousness of your role in keeping things positive. I like to say, be the adult in the room! As recruiters, you have an influence on both clients and candidates. They need you to help reflect what can be, rather than fear and worry.

Make some commitments to yourself and perhaps then you can ask others to join you in this effort.

Try to build, rather than shoot down, ideas

Try a “yes and”…or a “yes but” rather than a no. Make sure you ask people who have ideas you would normally attempt to shoot down, to explain their vision. Ask them to model it or or give it a go and report back. Any positive response to support progress should be welcome. As recruiters, you may need to help worried clients or candidates see how others are handling the challenges. Clients can go slow at recruiting talent versus stopping the process, recruiters can coach candidates to say, “Yes, I will interview via a remote but I cannot make a commitment,” to move to a new location until more is known.

Acknowledge mistakes

We all make mistakes, we are not perfect. In fact, maybe now is the best time to share mistakes and learn from them. People will gain faith and be more willing to take risk if we are looking at mistakes as a part of being successful and engaged. Perfection has a cost…avoid making those around you perfectionists…the cost is too high. Help clients learn new skills for interviewing. Do trial video interviews with candidates.

Acknowledge Reality

Smart people know the score. Be open, be realistic, and do not hide from the reality. If your business is untouched by this Covid-19 pandemic, you are truly unique. Talk to the staff and your team about what the challenges are on cash flow, employment, client relationships, etc. They need to know and are likely to have ideas that will support a better outcome if you let them play. Treat them as adults and be adult about the challenges the business faces. Ask clients to be real. You do not want them shading the truth to make you or a candidate feel better, just get it on the table for folks to deal with.

Speak up

No one can read minds. We need to be adults and converse about the good stuff and the bad stuff. If you are a leader, encourage others to join in the discussion and contribute ideas and feelings.

A team, a relationship, a supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link, so give others a boost up rather than a knock down. Be an adult.


5 Ways To Get Ahead in Your Job Search During the Coronavirus Crisis

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Fernando Ortiz-Barbachano, CEO of Barbachano International (BIP), the human capital solutions leader in Mexico, Latin America, and the USA. Barbachano International offers high-impact executive search, executive coaching, and outplacement and has been a member of NPAworldwide for more than ten years. He offers job search tips in the post below.

You might be thinking a COVID19 pandemic is the worst time to initiate a job search. After all, countless other people are in the same position as you, rushing to find a light at the end of a tunnel that wasn’t even there a few weeks ago. Read the rest of this entry »