How to recruit right with a small talent pool

By on August 16, 2014
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When you consider employment at face value, there is definitely no shortage of people you could employ. You may assume that with the growing demand for jobs, employers may be lucky to have sufficient choices to choose who they want to recruit with least effort. And you wouldn’t be blamed if you thought so.

Even owners of bigger companies that are expecting to hire the best skilled worker from the assumed large job bank available, make the mistake of assuming so. In truth, they may actually have a much smaller talent pool to draw from than expected. They may find that the positions that they are looking to hire skilled workers for, are more of a niche than they know and for a long time now there has been a shortage of experienced workers that fit such niches.

Here is how you can optimise your search process when faced with recruiting from a smaller talent pool

1. Make sure you give people a chance to prove themselves

There are definitely people out there that are more qualified for the job you are looking to fill than you could imagine. Sometimes people with varied qualifications may apply for unrelated jobs. It is normal to be reluctant to give them that chance they are seeking but if you don’t you may also miss out on a revolutionary employee. It’s a risk, of course, but then again there is a risk when hiring anyone isn’t there?

2. Lessen Your Demands

Many applicants get put off by extensive demands expected to be fulfilled by them, especially if the role requires no such criteria to be met. Lot of employers feel the need to recruit employees that have an impressive ‘number’ of qualifications on paper for the sheer romanticism of having a qualified employee. While qualifications are undoubtedly important, stressing on increasing demands will not always guarantee that you will find the most skilled worker. If you are faced with a small talent pool then it is wise to downsize your list of requirements and focus on your real needs from the person you hire, keeping additional qualifications as a welcome bonus. Besides, a lot of people are modest when asked their strengths; they may surprise you on the job.

3. Plan

It is advisable to always be on the lookout with what’s happening outside on your current team. Knowing who is employable and available will save you a lot of time. You can keep an eye out on the job market to see if similar roles in other companies are being filled up adequately. This will save you the stress of having to fill a spot in case of a sudden requirement. Joining social media groups that target similar job profiles is a good way to keep an eye out.

Over and above all of this, it is important not to get disheartened during this process. A good employee can be a task to find, but you also never know when you will hit the jackpot. Recruiting with a small talent pool may seem like a herculean task, but if you set your vision straight you may just as well see it as a blessing.

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