Keys to Recruiting for Virtual Positions As more and more individuals turn towards remote work, recruiters face new challenges in virtual recruiting. Virtual onboarding will likely continue well beyond the pandemic as working from home becomes more mainstream. So recruiting method needs to adapt and adjust to meet these new demands.
Though 44% of companies do not allow for remote work, over 4.7 million people in the U.S. work remotely at least part-time, and these numbers are only expected to grow. Thus, finding better ways and opportunities to improve virtual recruiting methods and practices is no longer a temporary need; it is a permanent necessity.
When considering a virtual recruiting and onboarding strategy, it’s essential to consider both your company’s needs and the needs and desires of the candidates. With remote work requiring stronger communication and self-autonomy skills, you want to make sure you’re hiring the right candidates to suit your needs. Just keep in mind that job seekers themselves are prioritizing their needs and wellbeing now more than ever, so it’s important to show what you can do for them as well to satisfy these demands.
Where to Find Candidates
To succeed in your virtual recruiting efforts, you’ve got to know where to look to find the right candidates. Your goals are ultimately the same—finding and acquiring workers that meet your specific needs—but how you will find them may need to change. Virtual recruiting allows you to expand your reach, so you’ll want to make use of that. While online job boards are always an option, take advantage of the interest in remote working by hosting a virtual job fair, virtual open houses, and using social media to advertise your company and open positions.
Conducting a Virtual Interview
When conducting a remote interview, you want to utilize your existing hiring philosophy and strategy but give it a boost. Reinforcing your brand and values is always ideal but it is especially important in the remote work setting as your potential candidates will have much less in-person engagement and interaction with your team and company. So you want to ensure they really understand the brand and would be a good fit. Essentially, you want to take all of your normal questions and responses and go a little more in-depth as it’s harder to get a feel for someone when chatting over video, and it’s harder for them in reverse to fully get a grasp on your company.
What to Look for in a Potential Remote Employee
When looking to fill remote positions, it’s not only important to find employees that will fit in with the company culture, brand, and philosophy but who have experience working from home. If they don’t have remote work experience, they should at least highlight certain skills and traits that prove they will do well in the virtual environment. Do they have a home office, for example, or at least a dedicated space that is free of distractions?
How are their communication skills? Some people do really well in person but are terrible at communicating over email, messaging, or video apps, and vice versa. How about self-autonomy and time management skills? When working alone from home, candidates need to have the ability to be productive and work independently without much guidance. There may come times when they can’t get a hold of anyone and they need to be able to make good decisions on their own.
Job Trends on the Rise
The trends that we saw in 2020 due to the pandemic will only continue to evolve and become more commonplace. Recruiters and companies need to keep this in mind if they want to appeal to new and future generations in the workforce. These trends include:
- A safe and inclusive work environment
- Diverse remote work positions
- Tech, systems, and apps that make remote work more efficient
- Competitive wages to support rising costs of living and healthcare
- Effective communication strategies
- Flexible schedules
- Transparency in what a company has to offer and their practices
Best Virtual Positions
While some positions are difficult to do remotely, others are well suited to the virtual setting. Though a company can’t necessarily control what positions it has to offer, it’s helpful to take note of the jobs that are trending within the remote setting. Understanding what jobs people are going for and most attracted to can help recruiters and companies better understand needs and demands and how they can possibly adapt.
Below are some of the best remote jobs trending today:
- Customer Service Reps
- Data Entry
- Online Content Creation and Marketing
- Sales Reps
- Web and Software Developers
- Virtual Assistants
While adapting to virtual recruiting comes with its challenges, it also opens new doors and offers benefits as well. As remote work is on the rise and will continue to become more and more popular. It is better to adjust now and focus on the positives and the opportunities it provides instead of getting left behind.
In conclusion, Virtual recruiting can help companies cut costs. In addition, reduce hiring times, expand reach and channels of communication, drive diversity and inclusion, and improve and maximize results. The tools and methods you discover and implement can help improve your company’s overall practices. And operations in addition to making way for the future workforce.