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How has COVID-19 impacted the hiring of new grads graduating in May 2020 at your place of employment?


Based on my general knowledge, human resources/talent seeking, etc. should still be working remotely therefore, there should be no issues applying for entry-level roles. Due to the chaos, things may move a little slower therefore, once you apply I would suggest emailing/calling the employer to make sure that they are aware that you’ve applied and try to get an estimated time for a response. Hope this helps :) Anisa H.

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Charles’s Answer

Augusta, this is a very good question and it is one that many professionals are also asking a similar question. I can tell you that some companies are still hiring people and I have personally performed online interviews with candidates. I think many companies are still trying to hire good candidates and a lot of the Tech Savy ones have quickly switched to being able to do interviews and hiring remotely.

With that being said, due to the economic changes you may need to extend your view of companies outside of your area, because some companies could be slowing down their hiring. Also, please ensure that you have a good online presence, so that companies are able to see your qualifications.

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Kim’s Answer

Do everything possible to harness the power of technology! Develop a LinkedIn profile, and start connecting with professionals and companies, esp. recruiters! If you should have a portfolio in your line of work, make sure you have one, and, upload it or link it to LinkedIn. If you should have your own website, do so. If you don't have resume put together yet, start working on it. Don't wait until you graduate to start looking for a job. Use a cover letter with your resume to introduce yourself and explain your availability upon graduation.

Understand that job search tends to go slowly and be stressful, so, expect that! Do something to manage stress. Be prepared for an interview question of what did you do to take advantage of the extra free time when schools shut down.

We had a strong economy before this hit, and, once it's behind us, there will be a turn around. So, be patient. Also, be flexible! Figure out different types of positions and industries where your expertise can be utilized. Look for opportunities that may not previously have occurred to you.

Kim

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George’s Answer

Augusta, your question is timely, and also very difficult to predict in the long term.
As companies, government agencies, non-profits, etc. react to the coronovirus pandemic, surely that focus is important right now.
And all of these organizations will also focus on the future, which means adding talent. So even if there are pauses in hiring, it will certainly continue in the future.

The coronavirus is showing organizations that they need employees with skills that are adaptable to different working environments: office and home for example, leadership skills that keep people motivated and focused in the face of adversity, and data analytics skills because change brings big opportunities that you need to look for in data.

One thing is certain: we do not know all of the implications of coronavirus.
We can have confidence in people's creativity, motivation, collaboration, and compassion to quickly move forward and grow.

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Alyssa’s Answer

Great question! For us, we are honoring all employment offers and continuing to hire however we are being extremely conscious of start dates. For some roles, we are able to host orientation and training virtually however others need to be in person.

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Cameron’s Answer

There are many companies, especially in the technology space, that I believe will be more resilient from the direct impact of COVID-19. I would suggest that you consider the particular industry that the targeted company is serving and how they may be impacted. For example, tech organizations that service the travel industry have a higher likelihood that they will be negatively impacted than tech companies that provide collaboration software (e.g. Zoom & Slack).

Speaking for my company specifically, the communicated plan is to double down on hiring great talent. Unfortunately, there is a huge group of grads and professionals that have been displaced and affected by COVID related setbacks. The good news is that many organizations that have the ability are stepping up to provide opportunities for those that need to pivot directions at this point in time.

My recommendation is to think about companies who inspire you or those that produce products which you yourself enjoy. Through LinkedIn (and of course this community), you can network to find someone internally that may be able to provide special insight into hiring within the organization and/or provide a referral. In my experience an internal referral almost always goes to the top of the pile when it comes to visibility and streamlining the hiring process.

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Bryan’s Answer

COVID is having a wide-range of impacts on industries - some are suffering, some are prospering, some are stable - but ALL are impacted in some fashion. The industry I'm in (insurance) is still actively hiring people, primarily because of the high percentage of our workforce that are projected to retire in the next 5+ years (fingers crossed that I might be in that group!). While we are continuing to hire, there are many things that have changed as a result of COVID, including:

1- most interviews are conducted virtually via video
2 - many of our workers are operating remotely (from home), so training and onboarding of new employees is also often being done remotely
3 - we have updated our remote worker policy, which gives our employees more flexibility in working remote vs in our offices
4 - we expect we might see an increase in earlier retirements - or people re-evaluating their work-life goals - which we expect could lead to more hires in 2021 and 2022.

Being the father of a daughter who will be graduating from college in 2 years, I know that many people about to enter the working world are questioning if there will be opportunities for them. My advice is staly positive and continue looking for industries/companies that are still hiring. Your new perspective, eagerness to work hard, and willingness/ability to work in a digital world gives you some advantages as well!



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sravanthi’s Answer

COVID 19 is unprecedented incident in the global scale, it will be very hard to predict the affects of it as we are still in early stages of it. So far in our organization we haven't experienced any major disruptions, but also would like to highlight a fact that we are all working remotely so on ground information can be provided after we go back to office. I being working for Cisco TAC team, don't see any job shortages happening in our field but YES other areas within Cisco may be affected one's the scale of it can be measured.

As per reports online from other organizations most of the hiring is on freeze as they are not sure what is the future for them.

But thinking on positive side, this time can be better used by learning new skills and improving one's employ ability factor.

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M’s Answer

Depends upon the industry you are applying in to. Transportation, Travel, hospitality definitely has taken a big hit. In parallel, i would say this also opens up opportunity for new areas of growth in industry like e-commerce, payment and digitalization.

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Agnieszka’s Answer

Hi,
My company was in the middle of the hiring process when Covid started but none of the positions were cancelled. There's a likelihood there will be less new positions, and more justification required to employee a new FTE, but hopefully that's all.

My husband, working for another company is at the moment running a recruitment interview for his company (different industry)- so definately some positions are still open and it's worth trying!

keeping fingers crossed for you!

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Liselot’s Answer

Hi Augusta, this is a great question. Within IT most companies are still hiring. We are a distributed company and we are used working from anywhere/home. For graduates it is important to get the right coaching, shadowing, learning from and with others. With Covid-19 we are all working from home so the experience will be different from both sides. It is possible that the employer can't judge how the graduate did during the probation time. Skills like working remote can be tested. So, it depends the role whether you can be successfull. I can imagine that for certain roles there will be a freeze

Agreed! Many Tech/IT companies are still hiring and COVID-19 although it has impacted them in some ways but perhaps smaller impact then other companies that are not distributed or have physical products they are selling. Azka Sohail

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Srinivasa’s Answer


One word answer is Cautious. Companies will cautious, slowdown in immediate future with lock downs and travel restrictions. Interviews would still happen virtually but final rounds may get delayed. Companies themselves will rethink on hiring strategy if this current state extends for a few months. Revenues, operational costs(hiring) are interwoven(exceptions exist). If companies see a possible slowdown in revenues then there that will effect hiring.
Ofcourse if you are in a industry that sees no slowdown then hiring should not get impacted.

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Niranjan’s Answer

Believe this may slow down. However committed offers will still be honored.

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Anup’s Answer

Hello - I believe it has slowed down a little bit but I've still seen people getting hired out of college. It might take longer than before but there are a lot of opportunities.

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Carey’s Answer

I agree with the previous answers but so much will depend on the industry. Travel, as an example, will not be hiring in the near future. Now is a great time for you to do tons of research about which companies you'd like to target once the economy has rebounded. Take Kim's advice and ensure you have a great online profile. There are a lot of volunteer opportunities right now, so see if any of those match with your interests, as that experience can go a long way in adding to your skill set. Best of luck!

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Jeff’s Answer

Open roles in computer science field will still need to be filled in this very digital world. I'd expect a video interview though.

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Nithin’s Answer

The companies are still coming ahead with the interviews via video conferencing or phone calls.
But we have to wait and watch how it goes. Definitely there is a slow down.

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