On the 14th of March 2020, I attended my father’s 60th birthday party. This involved a) interstate travel, b) spending interminable hours on a packed V-Line bus, c) visiting my mother – a nurse – in her workplace, d) socialising with over 70 people in an indoor facility, and e) blowing out candles on a birthday cake, which was then circulated amongst the party attendees.
Who would have thought - a mere two and a half months later - all of those things would no longer be possible…
To say Covid-19 has had a significant impact on our lives is one of the more understated points to be made about 2020. While saluting the incredible work of our medical professionals on the front line of the crisis, we have grown accustomed to seeing a near-universal downsizing of staff numbers across a wide range of organisations and industries.
In early March, Sensei conducted an analysis of the work being completed by our delivery teams. We determined that a majority of our active and commencing engagements could continue – and be completed – remotely. Furthermore, our clients’ drive for productivity solutions and gaining efficiencies across work management, was not dissipating, and in fact, could be considered more important in an ever-changing work landscape. Even in the event of a slowdown within certain industries, Sensei’s growth strategy, and our ambitions for the future, remain aggressive. An investment in the short term could pay considerable dividends down the track if we have the ideal workforce already in place when industries begin ramping-up potential investments in productivity solutions.
For that reason, Sensei continued with its – already considerable – recruitment efforts. In the last two months, we’ve advertised 14 roles across 6 teams in 4 states. In what was a bittersweet result from a recruiter’s perspective, the volume of applications for these roles was considerable. Where before, a particular role may generate a couple dozen applications, we were now seeing triple figures for the same role. Where before, a role might take a couple of months to fill, we were able to bring someone on board within 7-10 days.
To that end, over the last 9 weeks, Sensei Project Solutions has been fortunate enough to welcome 8 team members into our ranks (7 newbies, and 1 returning veteran of Sensei). I’m happy to report that these new (and returning) team members have already had a considerable impact on Sensei, and can absolutely be regarded as part of the Sensei family.
“It was quite daunting to switch jobs amid COVID-19, however, Sensei’s prompt and smooth recruitment process gave me the confidence to make the move. After being with Sensei for only two weeks, I’m already across most internal business processes and activities, which makes me feel integrated with the team at an impressive pace.” Hasan Ali Tariq, Test Engineer, Sensei
“I had 3 interviews all up, one over the phone and two (virtual) face to face interviews using MS Teams. I found the interview process ran quite smoothly, the fact that they were all online was great as I didn’t have to worry about travelling to any unfamiliar destinations which allowed me to focus my time on preparing for the interviews.” Hayden Passmore, Junior Solutions Consultant, Sensei