Recruiters Have Fewer Resources & More Challenges. Help!

Recruiting trends shaped by the pandemic

September 3, 2020

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COVID-19 has put intense pressures on recruiters, who now find themselves navigating a landscape of widescale layoffs, restricted hiring budgets, and an ever-increasing inbound talent pool. These may be uncertain times, but there is a silver lining. Amongst numerous challenges, the pandemic presents a unique opportunity to improve your hiring process. Whether your business is booming or on pause, it’s the perfect time to rethink your recruitment strategy as we head into the new normal. And with fewer resources at your disposal, automation can help streamline and enhance your current processes, resulting in peak productivity.

The Current State of Recruiting

Almost every industry has been affected by layoffs in the past few months. In April, U.S. job postings dropped 43%, resulting in almost half of all staffing businesses and recruiting agencies experiencing layoffs or furloughs. Due to these cutbacks, you might be wearing more hats than ever, with fewer colleagues to shoulder the workload. Alternatively, if you are a member of the 10.2% of Americans who are currently unemployed, you might be using this time to educate yourself on new tools & resources, so you can hit the ground running in your next role. Regardless of whether you are working with a leaner team or unemployed and looking to stand out, it’s essential to leverage the right tools to source the best talent efficiently and effectively.

More Work, Less Time

With 30 Million Americans unemployed, the job seeker talent pool is bigger than ever, and you may be getting more inbound applications than you can manage. But even if you are being inundated with applicants, it is still necessary to source candidates, as the perfect prospect might not be sitting in your inbox. How are you supposed to find time to sift through inbound applications and source for qualified candidates … all with a smaller team than before?

Sourcing talent is time-consuming. Recruiters spend one-third (13 hours) of their week finding candidates for just one role. In today’s recruiting world, the time required to source effectively becomes increasingly difficult with smaller teams and with increased job responsibilities. Committing one-third of your time to sourcing just isn’t reasonable given the added responsibilities the pandemic has forced upon us.

However, it’s still important that you move quickly to find the best candidates for your open positions, or you risk losing them to competitors. And don’t even get us started on the challenges of sifting through inbound applicants fast enough. With many newly unemployed applicants being top performers, they won’t stay out of a job long, meaning speed is everything. So how can you make the most out of your limited time while maintaining strong candidate relationships and juggling inbound and outbound sourcing (and parenting, teaching, cleaning, cooking… ahhh!)?

The Solution

If you haven’t looked into recruiting automation technology previously, now is the time to do so! For example, Fetcher is a full-service, recruiting automation platform that helps cut down those hours spent on sourcing and outreach. With Fetcher, you can automate more monotonous, time-consuming tasks, giving you time back to focus on more strategic work (or just keeping your head above water!).

Fetcher allows you to…

  1. Maximize manual sourcing efforts with a 1-click web extension. No need to have dozens of tabs open and no more copy-pasting applicant email addresses until your fingers fall off. One click and a personal email address is ready for you.

  2. Source while you sleep. Save valuable time by letting Fetcher do your research. Include your job description & qualifications, and Fetcher sends qualified candidates your way. Wake up to an inbox of interested candidates each morning.

  3. Create personalized automated outreach & follow-up emails. Save time and energy with automated email sequences. Create your custom templates, automate, and then enjoy a socially-distanced happy hour.

  4. Analyze and review performance & output. Fetcher’s real-time analytics provide quick ROI metrics and team performance stats. Ensure you’re setting yourself up for success with each open role by reviewing data as often as you’d like.

Recruiting automation platforms give you more time to focus on candidate engagement and team collaboration. It’s like your very own external sourcer working for you 24/7 - and we need all the help we can get right now!

Imagine being able to send 150+ emails in just an hour vs. the 10+ hours needed to do this manually. One hour of work and 10 interested candidates in your inbox - an easy way to get in front of qualified candidates before your competition. Through automation and optimization, Fetcher will fill your hiring pipeline seamlessly. Not only will Fetcher save you time, but it will also save you money (and we know everyone is watching their budgets these days!). Automation is here to make your job easier, giving you time back to wear all those other hats you’ve been given this year.

You’ve Got This!

There’s no point in sugar coating things. Times are changing and you are facing more professional and personal stress than usual. But, you will get through this. Recruiters are known for their tireless determination, resilience, and adaptability. Now is the time to implement tools that will help you emerge stronger than ever before. At Fetcher, we want to be your partner, support you through today’s challenges, and watch you exceed expectations. We’re here to help. Visit Fetcher to learn more.

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Learn More About Fetcher

At Fetcher, our mission is to introduce companies to the people who will help them change the world. Our full-service, recruting automation platform automates those repetitive, top-of-funnel tasks, so you can focus more on candidate engagement & team collaboration. Simplify Sourcing. Optimize Outreach. Hire Top Talent. Learn more at

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