Sometimes the best person for the job isn’t actively seeking new opportunities. Known as passive candidates, these professionals would consider changing jobs for the right position — but you have to find them first.
Since they’re happily employed, these people aren’t checking job boards for openings, so you have to get creative. Pursuing these professionals will take more work, but they’re worth it.
4 Ways to Meet Passive Job Seekers
Attend Networking Events
Talented, ambitious people enjoy learning, growing and connecting with like-minded peers, so attend industry events regularly. Everything from training sessions to networking happy hours are filled with motivated professionals who truly enjoy what they do. This is a great way to meet passive candidates and introduce them to your company.
Speak at Industry Functions
Raise your company’s profile by signing up to speak at conferences, seminars and other industry events. If you captivate your audience, they’ll want to continue the conversation after your speech. Don’t be surprised if passive candidates approach you to chat at the event or reach out via email afterward.
Your friends, family and employees have their own networks filled with talented people. When filling an open position, ask them for recommendations and request an introduction. If you reach out to the person on your own, they might brush you off, but you’ll get their full attention if someone they know and trust tells them to listen to your pitch.
Use Social Media
They’re not actively using it to find work, but top talent is on social media. Captivate them by sharing compelling content that makes them want to be part of your team. This might include past projects and those currently in progress, the company’s philanthropic efforts or employee satisfaction stories. If they’re continuously impressed, there’s a good chance they’ll head to your HR site to inquire about joining your roster.
Partner with ECS to get more time in your day to connect with passive job seekers. We work with both recruiters and employers to provide cost-effective deployment of your contract labor force, so you can focus on other priorities. Contact us today to learn how we can be of assistance!