Last week, we held our first open interviews since COVID-19 came into existence. Was it challenging? Not really. I honestly enjoyed being outside in the fresh air, even though the humidity made it a little hard to breath with a mask on! I was ready to go with a fan and a cooler full of ice and bottled water, but let me tell you, it’s hard to drink water with said mask! Nothing really changed in my routine of hauling my laptop, lots of information and Bona Vista swag around to set up somewhere. That’s what I always do for recruiting events. However, the change for me is that recruiting events went away, and have not yet come back. So, I had to rack my brain about what I was going to do…I still need to find amazing, talented people with caring hearts to work at Bona Vista. I know they are out there, I just need to find new ways to connect with them.
COVID-19 is forcing all of us to look at how we do things differently. Bona Vista is an essential business. We cannot stop our services because of this virus, so we had to step up our game to keep our employees and persons served safe through this pandemic. Even though the rest of the world seemingly shut down, we had to focus on the people we serve and ensure they had enough of the best caregivers around to take care of them. We were still hiring through all of the craziness, and I honestly didn’t feel like social media was getting the recruiting job done. So, I decided to put a new spin on something we have already done.
So what did we do differently? I asked that job seekers go through the application process on-line before they came to the event. Once they arrived, I had them check in with me, then return to their vehicle. Once it was their turn to interview, I either called/texted them or motioned for them to come up to the interview area. I had a stack of disposable masks, some hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes. I also ordered some nifty Bona Vista pens so that when someone used one, I just told them to keep it!! How about that? I am killing two birds with one stone on that one…keeping everyone healthy and safe all while getting some marketing out there! I know…it’s not rocket science, but I was pretty proud of myself on that one…lol!
So, I write all of this to tell you we are not giving up on what we need to accomplish because of COVID-19. We are just finding a different way of doing things, just like a lot of the people we serve. They work hard every day to find a different way to do things that they once thought they couldn’t do. It’s awesome to take some perspective from them. They don’t even know what they are teaching us on a daily basis! So, please take a minute and look around. There could be a great message in the everyday things happening around you!
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