U.S. hiring alliances help tens of thousands find jobs
Tue, 02/23/2021 – 02:00
The pandemic prompted CVS Health to create hiring partnerships with 64 U.S. companies, including Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. and Gap Inc, in an effort to fill open positions in its stores, warehouses, and call centers. CVS also launched dedicated hiring websites for its partners’ furloughed workers and simplified the selection process for some jobs. Of the more than 100,000 people who CVS recruited from March to December last year, about 3,700 came from the new partnerships, according to a spokeswoman. “Staffing doesn’t always have to be a game of winners and losers [for employers],” says Jeff Lackey, CVS’s vice president of talent acquisition. “We can create a win-win-win by offering jobs to qualified candidates, brand protection for their prior employer and talent to the hiring company.” Other companies, such as Amazon, Albertsons Cos., Fidelity Investments Inc., and Walgreens, have also relied on job-pairing alliances to find new hires. Albertsons says it recruited at least 1,400 staffers from 23 corporate partners, including Hilton, MGM Resorts International, and Regal Cinemas. Walgreens estimates it hired approximately 6,200 employees from more than 50 partners, including Kohl’s Corp., Hilton, Gap, and the Chicago Cubs. Walgreens intends to keep hiring in this manner for the indefinite future “because it has been so successful,” according to Chief Human Resources Officer Hillary Leisten.