What talent recruitment looks like now

Updated: May 21, 2020

Times are changing. The agency sector is being shaken up dramatically. Jobs and roles are shifting as companies react to the crisis - and as they make plans about how (or when) they'll come out the other side of this.


For some agencies, furloughed staff might be too big a challenge to bring back into the business. For others, there's opportunity to use this time to add more talent to their team. As some reduce, others are looking to grow!


In the past 24 months I've been involved in interviewing and hiring over 20 roles for the businesses I've been involved in. These range from junior to senior roles, across the teams of digital positions (devs, designers, app devs & data analysts).


But there's a catch 22 when it comes to growing a team!

By the time you realise you need to recruit - you then have to begin the search and selection process. Which can take around 2-9 weeks (sometimes longer) depending on how much notice someone has to work first, before they join your team.


Managing recruitment of new talent in a post COVID-19 business world requires a change to what's considered 'normal' recruitment.


Luckily for you, I talk in depth about these challenges and solutions for smarter recruitment with Chengi Guzha (owner of Page 1 Recruitment). He's been working on a smarter solution for businesses, and those looking to find new roles.


In this interview, he shares this perspective and insights from inside the industry - and offers great ideas on how to get ahead and grow your team the right way.


He also covers the topic of how to best set talent free if you're in the position of making hard decisions to 'cut' rather than 'grow'.


Check it out below. There's some show notes on the topics as a guide, and some resource links that go further in to specifics around what Chengi shared.




Show notes:


0:00 - 1:49 - Intro to Chengi and Page 1 Recruitment

2:00 - 2:58 - Understanding the impact of the current crisis on businesses

3:30 - 5:24 - Should I wait for the new normal?

5:44 - 6: 50 - What skills and demand are growing right now?

7:00 - 8:10 - What can I do if I’m furloughed and worried about my role?

8:30 - 9:40 - Things we are seeing in local business and agencies.

10:20 - 15:04 - Where recruitment fits to businesses now

15:33 - 19:20 - How can an agency scale back and best serve exiting people?

19:45 - 22:40 - How to talk about lack of runway to your agency team.

23:05 - 26:45 - How to consider talent from further away post Lockdown

27:01 - 29:45 - Watch out for the ‘Goldrush’ in strong talent

30:10 - 34:41 - Agencies often miss the point of what good recruitment does!

35:00 - 38:40 - Wrapping up, and next steps and resources that could help


Useful resources:

  • For those looking to understand what talent is about - check out the Digital Garage here.

  • For those thinking of moving roles, it pays to answer some internal questions so you really can understand what's going to be the right position for you next. Check out these useful questions and prompts that will help you 'understand your why'

  • Connect with Chengi on