Competition for skilled professionals is fierce, yet employers may be missing out on big segment of potential candidates for those hard-to-fill positions. In a recent survey from specialized recruiting firm Robert Half, 50 percent of CFOs reported they typically post an open job and wait for resumes; only 6 percent actively recruit beyond sifting through incoming applications.
Yet when employed workers were asked if they would consider a job offer from a recruiter regardless of whether they had been considering a move, most (64 percent) said yes.
“As part of an active hiring strategy, and to attract applicants with the most sought-after skills, it’s essential that employers make themselves visible,” said Greg Scileppi, president of Robert Half, International Staffing Operations.
Specialized professionals have more options and require a proactive approach from companies, added Scileppi.
“Businesses can’t rely solely on applications to hire exceptional talent; hiring managers need to find these individuals where they are, even if they aren’t looking. For a more successful search, develop a well-rounded strategy that leverages resources like specialized recruiting firms, social media and established professional networks, to help save time and effort by actively marketing open positions.”
Here are five tips for managers to follow during the hiring process:
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“Getting in front of job seekers should be first priority when filling vacant or new positions,” said Paul McDonald, Senior Executive Director at Robert Half. “Employers should build a pipeline of qualified candidates. To save time and effort, hiring managers can partner with a recruiter, who can do much of the heavy lifting.”
McDonald added, “Professionals with in-demand skills have options and can be enticed by competing offers. Hiring managers who wait for applicants to approach them risk missing out on potential star performers.”
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