The team at Glen Callum Associates (GCA) are enjoying the increased number of job roles that follow a downturn. However, the boom the pandemic has gifted recruiters doesn’t come without challenges for the companies that require their service.
Part of the GCA team were furloughed during the early days of the pandemic, as companies started to pull back their recruitment activities, but after a very a short period, GCA saw its clients work around the difficulties of the pandemic by creating new roles in areas such as Customer Engagement, IT, Buying, Product and Quality management and Internal Sales.
This diversification gave the GCA Directors the thankful task of getting the full team back to servicing clients and the level of roles the company has been asked to recruit for has been soaring ever since.
Director Kerrie Richards says: “The business has been trading for over 24 years and within this time we haven’t seen a bust to boom situation quite like it. We have reserves to ensure we maintain service for our clients during any unforeseen difficulties. However, we never expected that the pandemic would so quickly see the business inundated with unprecedented levels of jobs.
“Thankfully we have a super team who are fully engaged and up for the challenge. We have also invested in new technologies to make the role of recruiting quicker and slicker, enabling us to maintain good service during these extraordinary times”.
Obviously with every silver lining there is a cloud. Director Glen Shepherd, who continues to work on the coalface of recruitment comments: “The talent pool of candidates is diminishing; a growing number of candidates are taking early retirement, going back to education, returning to their country of origin or transferring to other sectors.
“We are also seeing candidates who would have considered a job move staying put for reasons of job security, hence we are having to work harder to attract and engage potential job seekers.
“To ensure our clients are at the forefront of this new recruiting age we are working alongside them to make their businesses more attractive to potential future staff, helping them with their marketing strategies and their candidate offering.
“We are also taking more time to engage candidates. The recruiters role of today isn’t just about finding candidates, it’s also explaining the offering and ensuring the candidates we speak to are aware what potential there is within any role and how this can improve their career expectations.
“At GCA we have always seen recruitment as two way; not just ticking the boxes for the employer but also ticking the boxes of the jobseeker. However, we are working more than ever to ensure our clients are aware of what the market commands and what jobseekers want from their future employer to ensure our clients roles are attractive and competitive. It’s not all about salary either but about culture, flexibility, balance and future career prospects.
“As the future of recruitment and job searching evolves, the GCA team are keen to develop and progress and are continuing to watch trends, learn more about candidate activity and look out for future talent in the areas of our clients’ businesses that we foresee the staffing needs will arise.”
To find out more about the roles the GCA team have on offer, or to have a chat with a member of the team to discuss how GCA can recruit for your business either call +44 1384485274 or email firstname.lastname@example.org