The coronavirus has changed how businesses operate, including recruiting new employees. More companies are mentioning COVID-19 in job descriptions in different ways.
Main Message Communicated
- Safety (social distancing in physical offices, equipment (masks, gloves, sanitizers, etc.)
- Flexibility (flex schedules, work from home/remote, training to work from home)
- Direction (a date through which COVID work rules apply) (e.g. Grammarly’s “All Grammarly team members can work remotely until August 2021.”)
Name of Section
- Safety (Benjamin Moore)
- Note (Geico, M Booth)
- Interviewing during COVID (Galileo, Chevron)
- Travel during COVID (Deloitte, HPE, Salesforce)
- At the Start of Job Posting (Geico, Grammarly)
- In the Middle of Job Posting (Deloitte, HPE, Salesforce)
- At the End of Job Posting (Benjamin Moore, Chevron, Galileo Learning, Insider Intelligence, M Booth)
Here are 10 examples of COVID-related language to add to your job postings:
Name of Section & Placement — In “Safety” section at the bottom of the job posting (below Company Profile and above EEO Statement)
At Benjamin Moore, our people are the heart of the company and our number one asset. We are committed to providing safe working conditions at all of our locations and have invested heavily in measures aimed at keeping employees healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. With safety as one of our core company values, we’ve modified facilities and work schedules to support social distancing, established enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols, and regularly provide personal protective equipment to all employees-including masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer. Ensuring the well-being of our team members is a top priority.
Name of Section & Placement — In the “Why Join Chevron” section at end of job posting
Chevron supports a work-from-home arrangement during the COVID-19 pandemic, subject to operational needs.
Recruitment Process and Onboarding during COVID 19 pandemic: HR initial phone screening, virtual panel interview, job offer, medical assessment, onboarding and orientation.
Name of Section & Placement — In the “Required” section in the middle of job posting
Travel up to 25% (While 25% of travel is a requirement of the role, due to COVID-19, non-essential travel has been suspended until further notice).
Name of Section & Placement — In the “Work Location” section at the end of job posting
Due to COVID-19, Galileo currently adheres to a work from home policy. More information to be provided during the interview stage.
Name of Section & Placement — In “Note” section at top of job posting (below job title but otherwise the first section)
Note: The safety of our associates, both current and future, is GEICO’s highest priority. At this time, most of our associates are working remotely due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Candidates who are selected for this position will be trained remotely and must be able to work from home in a designated work area. Once GEICO determines it is safe for associates to return to the office, candidates may be required to work in our (various locations) office.
Name of Section & Placement — At top of job posting (below job title but otherwise the first section)
Grammarly is continuing to grow our team during the COVID-19 pandemic, conducting fully remote hiring and onboarding processes. All Grammarly team members can work remotely until August 2021.
Name of Section & Placement — In the “About You” section in the middle of job posting
In this role you will work directly with the managers in the SEO, Production, Global Campaigns and our Global Digital Centre to support countries across the globe from your office (Note: it can be from home too if the covid situation is still sensitive – which means someone who is autonomous and has the ability to work remotely).
Willingness and ability to travel in a post-Covid-19 environment (occasionally)
Name of Section & Placement — In the “About” section at end of job posting
Currently, Insider Intelligence is operating remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will return to our beautiful office space in Times Square only when it is deemed safe to do so.
Name of Section & Placement — In the “Special Notes” section at end of job posting
In the wake of COVID-19, all positions are currently remote. We hope to have this person work onsite, whether it’s SF or NYC, once offices resume opening pending the safety of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Name of Section & Placement — In the “Requirements” section in the middle of job posting (for a Program Executive/Sales role)
Travel is an integral part of this role, and will be based on individual Customer needs. 75%+ travel to be expected. (While travel is a requirement of the role, due to COVID-19, non-essential travel has been suspended).
(Note: This post is an updated version of the 18 Examples of “COVID Considerations” in Job Ads [Facebook, Amazon, Deloitte & More] blog we posted in June 2020.)
For more tips on writing job descriptions, check out How to Write a Job Description — Best Practices & Examples.
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