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     JESSICA MULHOLLAND  NOVEMBER 9, 2020

    As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its eighth month, face coverings and social distancing are still required in public places, indoor dining is still prohibited in many jurisdictions and, although the school year has started, this back-to-school season looked drastically different than in years past. How companies recruit and hire talent has also been drastically different, according to new research from global staffing firm Robert Half, which found that since the pandemic began, 53 percent of respondents said their organization has remotely hired full-time or temporary staff.

    More specifically, since the pandemic began, 63 percent of respondents implemented remote interview and onboarding sessions, 49 percent advertised fully remote jobs and 44 percent geographically expanded their search to access a wider candidate pool. Some companies already had these practices in place before the pandemic started — 12 percent of respondents implemented remote interview and onboarding sessions, 12 percent advertised fully remote jobs and 16 percent geographically expanded their search — bringing the total respondents using these practices to 75 percent, 61 percent and 60 percent, respectively.

    “Despite an overall slowdown in business, companies continue to hire for critical roles during the pandemic,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director of Robert Half, in a press release. “In many cases, employers have adjusted their recruiting strategies to accommodate new, virtual work realities and are seeing immediate benefits, including faster and more successful hires.”  Read More