I’ve been a bit quieter on social media over the past two weeks, after the spread of Covid-19. Needless to say, it’s been a difficult and challenging time for everyone.

The recruitment market has been hit hard and it has taken its heavy toll on my clients, candidates and also people I know in the industry. I’ve had to communicate some horrible news to candidates who were looking forward to starting their new jobs, some of which had already handed in their notice with their current employers and even one who was relocating and had handed in notice on the property that they rented. I can only imagine how difficult these situations could be for people.

There have been some positives, where some of my clients are proceeding with job offers and starting their new employees, who will be working from home and training via video conferencing. Some of my clients even have areas of their businesses which are busier because of the outbreak, which have meant that job offers can proceed.

I continue to run Aspiria Recruit, working with candidates to find them new opportunities within both the legal and office support markets across Devon (and West Somerset). Naturally, the market is much slower, with nearly all (not all) of my live vacancies being put on hold or cancelled. However, there are still opportunities for people with very specific skills and qualifications, so the business is running as normal – just from home!

On a more personal note, we’re expecting the birth of our second child in a matter of days, so I am treating this as an opportunity to spend lots of quality time with the family. Many parents don’t always get this time at home with family, so I’m very grateful for this. My daily “to-do” lists (normally filled with work-tasks) now include lists of jobs around the house; cleaning, scrubbing, dusting and then dusting again – at my wife Hayley’s instruction – as we prepare for the new-born!

There are very few people who won’t be adversely affected by this in some way and my thoughts go out to everyone at this time. If I can support you anyway, advise, or just listen, please contact me.

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