We all know that locating candidates in today’s marketplace is extremely difficult. Companies are spending significant dollars and time on job boards/postings to no avail. Qualified candidates are just not applying. Leadership is requiring the candidate pool to add value immediately by coming directly from a competitor or related industry. On the bright side, your competitors may not be focusing on culture/retention which sets the stage for you to reach out to their employees seeking a “better situation” and are willing to listen to new opportunities. Are you aggressively pursuing this talent?
What to do?
To fill most open positions in this competitive landscape requires a deep industry dive in research, lead generation and networking. Internally, you will need significant time, dedication and skill to generate the volume of candidates to fill each position. Companies have several jobs that need this type of attention and this is the reason for longer “time to fill” metrics. When Hiring Manager’s patience grows thin when they see limited results.
When time can’t be allocated to meet the Hiring Manager’s expectations, HR needs to partner with an external resource to service their Hiring Manager’s needs.
When seeking an external partner:
1. Make sure your partner understands your business and your position in detail. You can’t recruit without knowledge of the industry, company and the position. A well-rounded experienced business professional can meet your needs.
2. Have your partner define their lead generation and sourcing process. You need to make sure that they know how to continue to create leads for your job opportunities until they are filled.
3. Have them define their process of candidate evaluation. Can they successfully evaluate candidates or are they just seeking candidates the candidate they “like”?
4. Finally, can they manage the candidate process thru the offer stage. Do they understand the key motivating factors on why a candidate is taking the opportunity? Do they feel that this is the best match? Will your chosen candidate will accept the offer?
These are a few ideas from our experienced professionals at InPursuit Search. We look forward to connecting on your next search. Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend!!!