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COVID-19 has unfortunately resulted in a lot of employees having been laid off and looking for work. Unemployment in Canada is rising which means the competition for open job opportunities is increasing.

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COVID-19 has pushed our unemployment rate higher than it has been in years. There are a number of executives included that have been laid off and looking for new executive roles. There are also a number of executives that do not like how their current employers have handled the crisis at hand and are looking for new executive roles.

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Reference checks have never been more important than in a world of virtual hiring and interviews. In a lot of instances companies are having to hire candidates without ever physically meeting them in person.

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As a local business our Ottawa team at Keynote Search has been focused on ensuring that we support local business during the current COVID-19 crisis. We surveyed our team members to see what local Ottawa establishments they have been supporting while in self-isolation, and where they can't wait to get back out to once the pandemic is over!

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The majority of employers have now moved to a remote workforce for the time being as COVID-19 continues. That said there are a number of companies that were either midway through the hiring process, had already planned start dates for employees, or continue to recruit a remote workforce during the COVID-19 crisis. These new employees still need to be onboarded properly and given the support and resources necessary to succeed in their new roles.

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With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, our team has continued to #stayhome and work remote. We polled our team to see how things are going and get to know more about their working environments at home.

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There is no doubt that COVID-19 has disrupted the economy and how businesses around the world operate. Remote work, virtual interviews and online meetings have become the norm, even in industries that never embraced this technology before. Not only are there obvious challenges during this global downturn, the new economic realities call for businesses to be strategic with their human capital retention and investment.

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Are you part of a non-profit association board or executive team looking to make your next executive hire? Below Christine Colverson, Talent Associate at Keynote Search has set out a number of key considerations and suggestions that will guide you through this important executive hiring process.

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Employers are implementing remote work policies and asking employees to work from home with the ongoing COVID-19 cases increasing daily. Hiring managers and recruitment professionals need to be able to adapt and move towards a digital hiring process and experience. Video interviews are being adapted by a number of organizations already and we will likely continue to see a rise in the use of video interviews as opposed to in-person interviews, especially during the screening phases of the hiring process.

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