While there are signs that the economy is improving and that employees are more open to making a change, there is still one fact that remains undisputable:

A passive approach to hiring will not allow you to attract—nor hire—the best and brightest candidates available in the marketplace.

When it comes to your recruiting and hiring practices, you have to ask yourself this question: “Who am I attracting with the approach that I’m using?”

In other words, what kind of candidates are you attracting?  Are they desperate, largely unqualified job seekers . . . or are they passive superstar candidates who possess the potential to help take your company in new and exciting directions?

If you’re attracting more of the former and less of the latter, then it’s time to change your approach.

Consider the following:

  • Passive superstar candidates are most likely dealing with a hefty workload at their current employer, leaving them little to no time to conduct a job search and find a new job.
  • If they do see a job posting, chances are that the posting will not compel them to respond.  These types of candidates generally have to be “sold” on an opportunity, and even a well-written job posting may not be enough to “sell” it effectively.
  • Far from being classified as desperate, passive superstar candidates aren’t filled with a sense of urgency to find a new opportunity.  As a result, the passive approach is not enough to ignite such urgency.

The bottom line is this: if you are NOT proactive with your recruiting and hiring process, you will NOT hire the best candidates available.

Unfortunately, it might be difficult to be as proactive as you want to be, since your own workload is so heavy.  The recruiting and hiring process can be an arduous one, requiring a lot of time and energy.

Enlisting the services of a third-party recruiting firm can give you the edge you need in such a situation.  Third-party firms specialize in the identification, qualification, and recruitment of superstar candidates—and their process involves a proactive approach by its very nature.

Partnering with such a firm can have a dramatic and positive effect on the types of candidates you attract.

So be proactive.  Find the best, recruit the best, and hire the best.

If you have any questions about this article or about how we can help provide solutions for identifying, recruiting, hiring, and retaining the right candidates, contact Stacy at stacy@thevetrecruiter.com.  You can also see more about our recruiting process at www.theveterecruiter.com.