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Pet Industry Executive Search

There has probably been no greater need for Pet Industry executive search services than right now. One reason is because the industry is growing by leaps and bounds.

Nothing illustrates this better than numbers recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). According to the BLS, the overall employment of animal care and service workers is projected to grow a staggering 33% between the years 2020 and 2030. As you might imagine, that is much faster than the growth of jobs projected for other industries. Speaking of jobs, the BLS is also projecting that there will be an average of approximately 66,200 openings for animal care and service workers every year.

The increasing amount of money that people are spending on their pets is fueling the growth of the Pet Industry and the need for Pet Industry executive search services. According to data provided by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), the amount Americans spent on their pets grew to $103.6 billion in 2020. To put that into perspective, Americans spent $90.5 billion on their pets in 2018. Below is a breakdown of the 2020 numbers:

  • Pet food and treats—$42.0 billion
  • Vet care and product sales—$31.4 billion
  • Supplies and over the counter (OTC) medications—$30.2 billion

This healthy rate of growth is expected to continue well into the future. According to Global Newswire, the global Pet Industry and Pet Care market will reach over $350 million by 2027. All of this growth and expansion translates into a corresponding need for Pet Industry employers to hire more professionals to keep up with this growth and the demand that it continues to create.


Why use Pet Industry executive search services

This is why companies and organizations need to use Pet Industry executive search services. The degree of difficulty involved in finding and hiring top-tier talent is considerable in today’s competitive job market. The market is extraordinarily tight for talent, meaning that qualified candidates are difficult to find and even more difficult to acquire.

Adding to the degree of difficulty is the fact that there is a cost associated with keeping a position open for an inordinate amount of time. This is especially the case if the position in question is an important and/or high-level one. And of course, there is also a cost associated with making a bad hire, and that cost is even higher than if you were to leave a position open.

So, you don’t want to leave an important position open for too long, and you certainly don’t want to hire the wrong person to fill that position. These are just two reasons why you should consider using Pet Industry executive search services. Below are four more reasons:


#1—Less time spent and more productivity

A Pet Industry executive recruiter streamlines the recruiting and hiring process, making sure that everyone is “on the same page,” including the candidate. This also means that everyone involved in the process can resume their regular duties and responsibilities sooner, not only saving time, but also leading to greater levels of productivity.


#2—More targeted and qualified candidates

In the vast majority of cases, the best candidates for a job opening are passive candidates. They typically represent the top 5% to 10% of the professionals working in their field. When you utilize Pet Industry executive search services, you can gain access to these candidates because recruiters have already built relationships with them. Since that’s the case, the recruiters can present your opportunity to these candidates and convince them to explore the opportunity.


#3—Collaboration throughout the entire process

An experienced and reputable Pet Industry executive search agency will partner with you throughout the recruiting and hiring process. This includes after the candidate accepts the offer and even after the candidate shows up for their first day of work and the onboarding process is over. A good recruiter wants their clients to succeed, not just in the short term but for the long haul, as well. They don’t believe they’re successful unless their clients are also successful.


#4—Your “eyes and ears” in the marketplace

Executive recruiters work “in the trenches” of the employment marketplace on a daily basis. As a result, they know what’s happening and can identify emerging trends. They know who the top players are, both candidates and employers, and they know what these top players are doing—and planning to do. When you partner with a Pet Industry recruiter, this is all information to which you could have access.

Many organizations utilize Pet Industry executive search services to find the candidates they want and hire the employees they need, and they do so for the above reasons. If you have important positions that you need to fill quickly and/or on a confidential basis, then it makes sense to align yourself with a recruiting agency that has a track record of success.


The value of Pet Industry executive search services

Although you now know the reasons why an organization should use Pet Industry executive search services, you might be wondering just how much value a recruiting firm can provide. Let’s start with the fact that hiring the best candidates is one of the most important things that an employer can do. Some might argue that it’s the most important thing it can do. Top talent is critical for growth, especially in this competitive market.

The problem is that successfully hiring the best candidates is not easy. (If it was easy, then everyone would do it, and clearly not every organization is doing it.) One of the reasons that it’s so difficult is there are multiple phases involved in the hiring process, including these five phases:

  1. Identification of talent
  2. Recruiting of talent
  3. Hiring of candidates
  4. Onboarding of employees
  5. Retaining of employees

As you can see, the actual hiring of the candidate is just one phase of the process. There are phases both before and after that takes place. And onboarding and retention are just as important as the hiring phase. The reason is simple: what good is hiring the best candidates if you can’t keep them as employees for a considerable length of time?

However, perhaps the most difficult part of the hiring process is between the first and second phases, “Identification of talent” and “Recruiting of talent.” This is where you must engage candidates and convince them to explore your employment opportunity. This is a challenging proposition, especially with the top candidates in the job market. There are a few reasons why this is the case:

  • These candidates are not actively seeking a new job. They are passive candidates and not active job seekers.
  • Since they represent the top candidates in the job market, they’re already employed and most likely being treated well by their current employer.
  • There’s a good chance that they’re being wooed by other employers that also want to hire top talent. So not only are you competing against their current employer, but you could also be competing against other organizations, as well.

Successfully navigating this part of the hiring process is the value that Pet Industry executive search services provides. Even when you’re able to identify top candidates, you still must engage and recruit those candidates. Top passive candidates are not going to be automatically interested in an opportunity simply because it exists. This is what you must do:

  • Compel them to be interested so they will consider it.
  • “Sell” them on all of the specific aspects of the position and overall employment with your organization.
  • Get them to become excited about the prospect of working for you.

Pet Industry executive search services can accomplish these things . . . and much more. An experienced recruiting agency can manage the entire hiring process from beginning to end, ensuring identification of the right candidates, a successful fit when you hire your top choice, and a smooth transition once the person is on board.

Ultimately, identifying and hiring the best candidates available is the most important and also the most difficult task that employers face. The value of Pet Industry executive search services lies in the fact that recruiters can overcome this degree of difficulty and help you hire people who will make a real difference at your organization and impact your bottom line in a positive way.

At The VET Recruiter, our passion is to solve problems and help others succeed. And because of this passion and our commitment to excellence, we have an impressive track record of consistently achieving exemplary results for our clients and candidates.

Click HERE to learn more about why you should consider using The VET Recruiter for your Pet Industry employment and hiring needs.

Click HERE to see our recruiting process for Pet Industry employers.

Click HERE to see examples of The VET Recruiter’s placements. These are all examples of real positions we have filled in the Pet Industry.

Contact us today for more information about The VET Recruiter’s services for employers by calling (918) 488-3901 or (800) 436-0490 or by sending an email to stacy@thevetrecruiter.com.

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