The pandemic has presented all sorts of challenges and uniquities that none of us could have foreseen at the beginning of the year. Staffing firms who serve essential industries like home care, healthcare, grocery, retail and construction (to name a few) are seeing massive surges in demand for talent. Other industries may have fewer reqs, but a surge in demand for jobs that is overwhelming their already-stressed recruiters.
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Volt Information Sciences, Inc. (“Volt” or the “Company”) (NYSE-AMERICAN: VOLT), a global provider of staffing services, today announced new partnerships with EmployStream and Sense, a pair of industry-leading technology platforms which streamline the recruiting and onboarding process and ensure a premium candidate experience.
Volt’s partnership with EmployStream demonstrates its ongoing investment of resources in technology tools to drive next-generation workforce solutions. The onboarding automation platform will accelerate the Company’s hiring and onboarding of contingent workers, while maintaining compliance and managing workflows in Volt’s existing applicant tracking system (“ATS”). The cloud-based, mobile-first solution streamlines onboarding for both candidates and recruiters, who can use it from any device.
Volt’s commitment to technology is also evident through its partnership with Sense, whose platform automates outreach and engagement between the Company and its contingent workforce, driving improved communications from the recruiting stage to redeployment. This technology likewise works seamlessly with Volt's ATS, allowing the Company to more easily maintain and enrich relationships with all active candidates in its database.
Linda Perneau, Volt’s President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “These new partnerships will bring efficiencies and an improved user experience to our Volt colleagues and field employees, who will have access to these platforms every day, from anywhere, and on any device. These technologies are especially helpful to our workforce during this time and will benefit Volt well into the future as an ever-increasing share of communications and processes occur electronically.”
“It’s exciting to see cutting-edge staffing firms like Volt so committed to improving the onboarding experience for their candidates,” said Gerald Hetrick, Chief Executive Officer of EmployStream. “Our solution provides Volt with more time to focus on recruiting and engaging candidates, rather than processing applications and paperwork.”
Anil Dharni, Co-Founder and CEO of Sense added: “I’m thrilled that Volt has partnered with Sense to elevate communication and engagement throughout the entire staffing life cycle. We’re committed to working together to transform the talent experience, drive recruiter productivity and uncover new candidates from their database.”
About Volt Information Sciences, Inc.
Volt Information Sciences, Inc. is a global provider of staffing services (traditional time and materials-based as well as project-based). Our staffing services consist of workforce solutions that include providing contingent workers, personnel recruitment services, and managed staffing services programs supporting primarily administrative, technical, information technology, light-industrial and engineering positions. Our managed staffing programs involve managing the procurement and on-boarding of contingent workers from multiple providers. Volt services global industries including aerospace, automotive, banking and finance, consumer electronics, information technology, insurance, life sciences, manufacturing, media and entertainment, pharmaceutical, software, telecommunications, transportation, and utilities. For more information, visit www.volt.com.
Although maximizing resources has always been a priority for staffing firms, it has seemingly never been more important. With teams still spread between the office and remote locations (and in many cases, still fully remote), your ability to help drive productivity and reduce stress for your recruiters is paramount.
Making Your ATS Work For You
In the blink of an eye we went from a candidate driven market to an employer driven market. Many staffing firms feel the pressure of being forced to "do more with less" - whether it's reduced headcount from furloughs, strapped budgets, and increased demand from candidates. Plus a labor market in flux, shifting demand from industries -- it's a lot to take in. Firms need to keep costs low, drive placements, maintain productivity, invest in new client development, maintain business agility, and still keep that high quality engagement across the candidate lifecycle.
We’re living in unprecedented times. While many industries are trying to adapt and succeed in the middle of a pandemic, others are seeing unprecedented demand and significant growth.
Those “essential” industries, including home care, healthcare, grocery, retail and construction, among others, are scrambling to keep up with demand by attracting and hiring talent (and onboarding them quickly). Talent is eager to find jobs in a difficult economy, yet similarly feels overwhelmed. Worrying about their health, their families and landing a job is a LOT to have on your plate.
It can be difficult to know where to start, or what to do. But, while each situation is unique, there is one critical theme that essential industries should keep in mind:
Communication is key!
During a time where it feels like there’s so little you can control, communication is one element that you most definitely can control. And your ability to effectively communicate during a difficult time will have a dramatic impact not only on your ability to land talent now, but to retain and attract more talent in the future.
As many teams are working with fewer recruiters and reduced headcount from furloughs and increased demand from candidates, teams are under immense pressure to "do-more with less" it seems. Is it even possible to prioritize things like communication and engagement when it seems like just getting through the key tasks are arduous? The answer is you can - and you must!
To help you prioritize communication and best leverage your communication strategy to better meet today’s changing talent needs, here are some critical pieces of communication advice:
(June 15, 2020) Today, WorkN, the mobile-first on-demand staffing platform, formalized a partnership with Sense, the industry-leading automated communication and engagement platform for staffing firms. The partnership will streamline timely communication to candidates and contractors on a critical channel throughout the talent lifecycle - increasing recruiter productivity, driving increased fill rates, and maximizing talent engagement.
There’s certainly no shortage of candidate engagement content here on the Sense blog (44 posts tagged “candidate engagement,” in fact). As the recruiting industry moved into a more candidate-centric model (🙌), seeing the impact on recruiting, retention, productivity and more from simply creating more positive candidate experiences, tips, tools and technologies to help facilitate engagement became a priority.
The decision to furlough employees was, no doubt, one of the most difficult you’ve had to make as a business leader. No one builds and grows a company with plans to furlough. Just like no one expected the world to essentially stand still while we battled this virus. But here we are, and we’re all trying to make the best of it and come out on the other side.
I’m typically not a big fan of getting into jargon in order to make a point. The fact is, you’re busy running your staffing firm, and you want to understand our platform, and how it can help you grow your business.
I was just digging into employer branding and defining our value statements in another blog post, and it had me thinking about something that is very common—It’s hard to be at 100% all the time.