Finding a Good Hire During the Pandemic

By: Julie East, Corporate Marketing & Recruiting

Dec 8, 2020

You see it all over the news and social media – companies laying off employees or closing altogether due to the pandemic shutdowns. Certain industries in particular, like tourism and hospitality, have been impacted more than others as a result of shelter-in-place and social distancing practices. According to, as a direct consequence of COVID-19, February 1 through April 10 saw a 31% drop in job postings as compared to the same period in 2019. This is putting a record number of people back into the labor pool and causing an increase in job posting responses.  

When companies post a job to these online job boards, job seekers have the ability to submit resumes for that open position.  It does not matter how many screener questions you ask; there is simply no guaranteed method for prohibiting unqualified applicants from responding to your job post.  No matter how well the algorithm is written, all jobs get hits from people who do not actually qualify for the position advertised. With the rise in unemployment, the number of unqualified applicants to your job postings also increases. This means you and your recruiting staff will have to go through hundreds of “qualified” candidates individually to determine if they are truly qualified.  Partnering with a staffing firm that is on the pulse of employment trends can greatly reduce this added burden.  

The average time spent by HR Professionals on the recruiting process from interview to offer is 22.5 days. This does not included any additional time spent on position analysis, posting the position, reviewing resumes, and scheduling interviews. Staffing firms, like Lofton Staffing Services, have a pool of qualified and screened candidates for a variety of positions in many areas of specialization. This gives companies the ability to fill positions quickly, and reduces time spent by your HR personnel or, if you are a small business, YOUR time!  

Collaborating with a staffing firm like Lofton Staffing Services helps guide companies through the employment process to secure the right candidates, with the right skills, at the right rate with little effort from you and your HR Staff.  

Whether you need a temporary employee or a permanent replacement, having an established staffing partner can provide you with additional resources during your time of need. Staffing firms often work with professionals and skilled workers who are open to short-term, project, or part-time work that have experience in their field. Gain quick access to experienced talent, and put the hiring flexibility back in your company’s hands.


About Lofton: Founded in 1979, Lofton Services offers clients the best of all worlds. We provide the responsive, personal service and flexibility of a small local firm while having the technology, resources, and infrastructure to deliver the benefits of the biggest players in our industry. Lofton Staffing can deliver the right people, with the right skills, right when you need them. Contact us today

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