As the government shutdown continues, furloughed government workers are becoming open to the possibility of moving on to a more stable professional future.
There are as many as 500,000 federal workers on furlough due to the shutdown.
Unexpectedly faced with a dire economic situation, some of these workers have even turned to food pantries and charities for assistance, according to CNN.
The shutdown presents a unique opportunity for recruiters to become connected with furloughed employees and engage them in discussions to help them find an alternative career path.
These skilled workers are more likely to be open to career conversations due to rough economic waters. Not only is it an ample time to recruit, but as furloughed individuals are in need of assistance, recruiters can be the driving force in alleviating the stress caused by unemployment for thousands of workers.
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