Sourcing Passive Talent for Your Open jobs


As an employer, it is likely that you default to interviewing candidates who appear proactive and fully engaged in their job search. But did you know that job-seekers who are currently employed but passively seeking new opportunities can also be a great source for high-quality hires as well?  

It’s often one of the least considered hiring strategies. Maybe because it takes so much time and expertise to actively recruit. But if it’s an always-on function, you may actually save yourself time and effort. Working with a staffing partner can be a strong path forward too. Here are a few good reasons why you shouldn’t discount the passive candidates when looking to build your team. And why working with a staffing partner can help you find those candidates you might be missing out on.  

The Pros and Cons of a Quick Hire 

It’s tempting as a hiring manager to focus on applicants who are really eager to start working. Whether it’s because they are likely to accept a position quicker or at a lower rate than the currently employed, these candidates can seem like the obvious choice. However, desperation in a job search can be a real problem for employers in the long term. If you bring someone on board who is more interested in having a job than they are committed to working for your company in particular, you run the risk of them being poached by another company or simply finding a better opportunity. Hiring desperate candidates can lead to higher turnover in the long run and lower quality talent in the short term. Keep these perspectives in mind before assuming that the candidate who has been on the market for a long time will be an easy hire.  

Building a More Strategic Hiring Process 

Interviewing a few candidates who are not in a rush to come on board right away can reduce the pressure on the hiring end. This gives you the opportunity to be strategic in your planning. You are better able to understand how candidates would fit your needs in the position. You can engage in multiple layers of interviews and evaluations. Then you have time on your side during salary negotiations. This more strategic hiring process is generally easier and less rushed for both parties, the employee and the employer, which allows both sides to commit to the change in relationship fully.

Consider how you can leverage channels such as social media to help get more passive candidates in the mix. Offer informational interview opportunities to educate local professionals about what it’s like to work for your company. And consider building out an employee referral program to really get your employees to help you identify industry leading talent without investing a great deal of time or budget into building out a bespoke talent pipeline.  

The Benefits of Working with a Staffing Partner 

Working with a staffing partner can be helpful because they are familiar with the talent currently in play. By developing and networking with a bench of existing candidates (active and passive) they develop a well rounded applicant pool. They are familiar with the candidates they have placed in the past. And they know who will be looking for work in the near future. This can be due to a contract coming to an end or simple career development. By working with a staffing agency, you are giving yourself access to a network of talented accounting professionals who are pre-screened and proven on the job. You reduce the risk of hiring employees who are more interested in a paycheck then what they are doing or who they are working for. It’s a win-win for both candidates and employers alike.  

If you are having trouble finding qualified candidates to support your warehouse staffing needs, consider partnering with All-Star Personnel today. 

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