Successful Recruitment during the Pandemic
We’re in this together
Despite the news continuing to report challenges for individuals, families and companies alike, successful recruitment during the pandemic is still possible. We are working with our candidates and clients closely to safeguard the health and safety of all. We take our responsibility to support our communities, those who are vulnerable, and the healthcare providers who are on the front lines of this pandemic extremely seriously.
Following the Prime Minister’s recent announcement, people living in England will be asked to work from home where possible and pubs, bars and restaurants will be required to close at 10pm each night under a series of new restrictions. Under these new rules, the requirement to wear face masks has now been extended. If you need to attend the office for any reason, please make sure you wear a face covering at all times.
We have initiated some changes to ensure we remain one step ahead and that we continue to do the right thing for our team, candidates and clients.
The Octopus office will remain open, but we will be offering virtual appointments only for the time being. You can still meet with us in lots of different ways: using #Zoom, #Facetime or #WhatsApp. Our policies and provision for ensuring we help reduce the spread of Coronavirus have proved effective so far and we will continue to liaise with our clients to ensure we prove the best support and advice to our candidates.
If a virtual appointment does not suit you, we are, as always, on the phones (01747 825568) ready to discuss alternative arrangements with you.
This year has changed the focus of many businesses and allowed us as a recruitment company to bring forward our digital plans. Our commitment to meeting with each candidate at the start of their journey remains at the heart of what we do, so we are very excited to share with you that we have now integrated the latest video software into our recruitment process!
We have already found this gives clients a better insight into the team and cultural fit of a candidate, whilst reducing the time to hire and supporting an accurate first stage screening process. For candidates, it provides a great platform to sell themselves within a matter of seconds, getting your personality, experience and USP across, bringing your CV alive!
So keep an eye out on our social media and website, where we will be revealing all over the next course of the next month!!
Here for you
As mentioned, we are at the end of the phone to support you in any way we can.
For job seekers, our website offers a wide range of resources to help you efficiently navigate the job search, advice on redundancy, making sure your CV and interview skills are up to date, improving your LinkedIn Profile and much more.
Do you have symptoms of COVID 19?
The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following;
- A new continuous cough
- A high temperature
- A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above, stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange. Please see all the latest guidance here.
If you are experiencing any symptoms whilst working for Octopus Personnel you must notify us immediately.
Advice from the NHS on when to self-isolate is here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/
Advice from the Government to Employer, Employees and Business can be read here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19
Advice on travel and returning from travel is here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus and from the Foreign Office Website: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice You should notify Octopus Personnel if you have been abroad in the last month.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public provides further information, including symptoms and the latest advice.