Where Have All the Candidates Gone?

Posted by Christie Hardy Perez on July 31, 2019

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Let’s face it, recruiting today is tougher than ever and finding top talent is like finding a needle in a haystack. Unemployment is at an all-time low, it is a job seeker’s market and they’re going to play hard ball when you do find them.  However, is it really that hard or any harder than it has been in the past? Maybe we just need to take a different approach and look for talent in another way. Maybe the talent you seek is already available and you just forgot where to look. 

Statistics show that 62% of the talent you need is readily available to you and are twice as likely to accept cold emails if they have interacted with your company brand before.  That’s right, 62% of the top talent you’re looking for is already in your database, just waiting for the right opportunity to join your company. That is why it is more critical than ever to create a proactive recruiting strategy and ensure Talent Pools are an integral part of that strategy. 

 

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But it doesn’t end with just creating talent pools, you also must establish a relationship with the candidates in those talent pools and build their trust.  You need to stay engaged and encourage candidates to keep their resume data current and accurate. You must show YOU’RE still interested long after they’ve applied and that there is future opportunity for them. 

What does ‘establishing a relationship’ mean?  By definition, a relationship is the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected.  The way we each view a relationship can differ broadly, but at the core it still means the same thing. To have a relationship with someone means being connected at a deeper level than a mere association.  Talent Relationship Management is the engagement between recruiter and candidate; it is building trust and maintaining interest on both sides so that time to fill future awarded projects can be reduced exponentially.

Talent Pools and Talent Relationship Management (TRM) can work lockstep and create an immersive experience for your candidates. They can help you develop and maintain relationships with your candidates and stay engaged with your top talent, nurturing that talent early and often.  The ultimate goal is that you are never behind the 8 ball when projects are awarded.  You have the talent to fulfill any project need with the right skills, competencies, certifications, and experience level, you just need to remember where to look.

Capitalize on your existing candidates with Talent Pools and TRM campaigns! An engaged relationship = opportunity for both you and your candidates.  Win/Win!

 

About the Author

Christie is the Sr. Product Management Specialist for Deltek Talent Management Acquisition solution, which also includes partnered responsibilities over Talent’s API/SOA offering and Deltek Reporting Tool. She has worked in the HCM industry for more than 12yrs primarily focused on Acquisition.