Global outplacement and talent mobility provider, Randstad RiseSmart announced the availability of company-branded talent directories, which customers can deploy at no extra cost. In the current climate of high unemployment, organizations want to go above and beyond to help employees impacted by COVID-19 layoffs find new jobs quickly. RiseSmart’s talent directories are public-facing, searchable websites that enable employers to elevate highly active talent profiles to relevant hiring managers.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted countless employers, forcing business leaders to make tough decisions about their workforce to stay afloat,” said Dan Davenport, president and general manager at Randstad RiseSmart. “We heard from our customers that they wanted to do more to help separated employees find new jobs quickly. Customers help shape our product roadmap, and this is how our talent directories were born. Our agile engineering team built these sites for our customers at warp speed and our customers, particularly those without engineering teams of their own, are delighted with the support.”
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The emergence of talent directories highlights a shift to greater transparency in the layoff process, a decrease in negative stigma associated with workforce reductions and the ability for employers to uphold their employer brand by transcending competitive divides to support their separated employees.
Due to the financial impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the official unemployment rate is now 8.4 percent. While unemployment has decreased since it initially spiked to 14.7 percent in April, it remains well above the pre-pandemic rate of 3.5 percent in February. Job seekers across the country are increasingly turning to professional networking sites to explore open positions and connect with potential employers, but with a surplus of talent, job seekers may struggle to engage with hiring managers who seek their specific skills. Talent directories usher in the ability for employers to source newly active talent with domain experience from companies in their ecosystem.