Now is the Best Time to Get a Great Job!

Did you think to yourself, “What? Did I read the title properly?” Yes, you did. I know it sounds absolutely absurd to the sane mind to say that now is the best time to get a great job. Being smack in the middle of the deadly COVID19 pandemic, companies have shut down, furloughed employees, cut salaries, and constrained themselves to survive the pandemic. If so, how could this time be a good time to find a great job when most businesses are looking down the barrel?

Gone are the days when the companies hid behind their flamboyant logos, awards, brand names, and generous CSR projects that boast about their values and achievements, it’s now show time. Everyone can put on a good face when times are good and things are hunky-dory, but how they react in the face of a crisis is the dark side we never get to see, but here’s an opportunity to witness whether the companies really value their employees.

As the companies duck and dodge to avoid being seriously hurt by the economic crisis, are they thinking inclusively with the employee in the realm of their thoughts, or is their decision making only in the interest of the company’s welfare: whether they consider payrolls as expenses or investment in their biggest asset, the people, how they laid off their employees, whether it was an overnight phone call or a forewarned call off that gave ample time for the employee to find a job. If it wasn’t a call off then how they were treated, was it a carrot and stick policy that kept them going, or whether they genuinely felt they were cared for, are a few things you could get straight from the horse’s mouth, the employees.

Furthermore, in the most unfortunate event that an employee was infected with Covid-19 the company’s code of conduct to compensate the employee in monetary or health insurance coverage etc., are a few things that will reflect on the companies approach towards its employees.

Patrick McLaughlin, chief human resources officer of PepsiCo Foods North America said that Pepsico was paying an extra $100 per week to the employees who produce, transport, or deliver their products. He also pointed out that the company was providing a full salary for the employees quarantining for 14 days while paying 2/3 of the salary to employees after 14 days up to 10 weeks for those infected or the ones caring for the infected in their family.

As a Jobseeker trying to get a great job, you have all the necessary data which otherwise would be hard to access in order to assess which company you want to work for, it is a matter of matching “what you want from a company” against what they provide, since, a job is not only about salary, increments and money-centric values, it’s about satisfaction.

Whatever said and done at the end there could only be two groups of companies the ones that saw their employees through troubled waters, and the ones that deserted them in the middle of nowhere. If the company played the role of a hero it will be far from blame but if it betrayed its employees in difficult times, it will have an indelible stigma on its name. The decision that companies took will be remembered and the workforce will make an accurate call on which company they want to build their career on.

But as for now, the situation favors the employer but we know that there will be light at the end of the tunnel, this time in the form of a vaccine. With that glimmer of hope at the back of their heads, recruiters are building the employee pipeline by communicating with candidates regardless of having no openings, so that they would be able to hire top talent when openings appear said Brandi Frattini, talent acquisition manager at career builders. Therefore now is the best time to maintain a relationship with recruiters although they might appear dormant now, they could land you a great job.