Recruitment 411: Keeping Warm During a Freeze

A friend recently asked me, “You work in recruitment for the government, but you’re under a hiring freeze… What do you do all day?”

I resisted the urge to say something snarky like, “Recruiters aren’t bears – we don’t hibernate and wait for the freeze to thaw.”

The business of recruitment isn’t a 100-meter dash, it’s a long distance run. At IRS, we’re looking at the hiring freeze as a time to condition and train. That way, we’re in the best possible shape when the freeze is lifted.

Our workout routine includes:

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of current initiatives
  • Developing strategies to improve targeted outreach
  • Maintaining an active presence online and in the social media world
  • Networking and staying informed about what’s on the minds of job seekers
  • Attending webinars and training sessions

What does your organization do to keep employees motivated and active during slow periods?

Recruitment 411 is the official blog of the IRS Recruitment Office.

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Andrew Krzmarzick

Move around? 🙂

Seriously, what if the freeze presented an opportunity to cross-train folks, creating rotations of function to (a) give them a greater sense of the rest of the organization, (b) do something new and potentially interesting, (c) build multi-disciplinary teams, and (d) achieve knowledge capture / succession planning…among other possible benefits to the individual and organization?