Over the last year the big discussions were around company layoffs. The layoffs were obviously newsworthy and mirrored the state of the economy, and the recession we are in. During this same time period however, an issue that was not as given as much attention was the implementation of hiring freezes. Though it was most prevalent in the school systems, hiring freezes were occurring across the board, and many companies (even ones that I worked with) had a hiring freeze in place.
It is a frustrating thing, not only for the potential employee, but also for the company. When you stop hiring, you stop aggressively recruiting, and in doing so, you can tarnish your brand’s image. That is where social media comes into place and can be extremely beneficial to your brand and your recruiting efforts.
This is a great time for companies to revert back to their social media strategy and goals in order to identify where they need to gain awareness and encourage engagement. If your main goal was to increase traffic to a landing page that offered promotions and sold a product, you should consider sending people to a landing page that talks about the benefits of working for your company.
I am not saying you should get people’s hopes up, and claim that you have many open positions, instead I am saying that you should point out the reasons your company is a great place to work. Talking to people honestly, discussing the fact that you are not hiring right now but in the (near) future you will be, will build confidence in your brand and your company’s image. While doing this you should ask people to submit a resume and their contact information so that you may contact them when you are hiring again.
Instead of losing the traction your recruiting strategy had gained, you are continuing to build a list of potential candidates that you have connected with on a personal level, and you can reach out to when the hiring freeze is over.