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10

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2020

Recruiting during Covid-19

Lara Devereux


Recruitment can be a tough job. There are definite highs and lows, it can be a roller coaster at the best of times. COVID-19 turned the tap off to our industry across most sectors and the majority of our permanent recruitment went on hold.

For most of us here, we don’t do this job to put bums on seats. If you are going to last the distance in recruitment, your heart must be truly in it; and at times like this, the heart comes to the fore.

While some of our FMCG clients were booming, others like Foodservice and Hospitality were facing ruin. Good people with amazing CVs were filling our inboxes and we couldn’t conjure up roles to help them. We filled our days talking to people who were displaced, listening to them and letting them know they were not alone and that things would change. We read their CVs and called to give them advice or offer a CV template even though we had no roles to help them.

As a team we realized we were one of the most experienced group of recruiters in the market. Our model is based around that. So, we gathered all of that experience and turned it around to deliver a new product offering, a more pragmatic offering of outplacement services at a cost-effective price for clients that needed it.

We started interviewing people who came to us from sectors like tourism and counselled them around their transferable skills. After all of our years in this industry, we know a good CV, we can see talent on paper and we have worked across enough roles and sectors to be able to challenge the thinking of clients and candidates around what skills they can use. We’ve been introducing these people to our clients to let them know the talent that is sitting in the market for when they are ready.

FMCG is usually considered to be as recession proof as any sector and, with the virus, its faring better than most. But it has been a bit patchy and clients are still holding back on recruiting. Grocery sales have sky-rocketed for some, while others saw Foodservice or Route channel sales plummet, as well as out of stocks and supply chain costs increasing. Of concern is the shift of spend from growth to cost control. And yet now is the time to capture fresh talent to the market. Young people coming home, great talent from other industries and people now looking to FMCG as a great career to come back to.

Our focus is long term. The Convergence Team have all been in this industry for years and we intend to be here for years more. We are gathering great people right now, creating relationships through heart driven conversations and knowing that when the industry is ready, we have some pretty amazing people ready to go. The challenge for our clients is switching fast enough to growth mode and be the first to bring them on board.



Lara Devereux
Partner - Sales & Marketing

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