Recruitment remains a priority for most technology companies. Across the US, UK and Europe up to 59% of tech roles are hard to fill.
Some companies are moving away from total reliance on traditional, reactive hiring to a different approach. Opportunistic and strategic recruitment means hiring for future needs. Proactive hiring can ease your recruitment pain.
If having access to a flow of talent is important to you, then this strategy could be worth assessing for certain key roles.
What is Strategic Recruitment?
Strategic recruitment means aligning talent acquisition with business goals. It’s planning for next quarter rather than immediate needs.
Using your corporate strategy as a guide, then employing workforce planning – for example CIPD workforce planning techniques to determine future needs. The gaps highlighted guide your recruitment plans.
In a recent survey, more than half of technology professionals (52%) expressed the sentiment that they are likely to change jobs in the next year – even if half actually follow through on that sentiment, it’s still a significant figure. You can tap into the passive jobs market by building a talent pipeline. Giving you access to top talent before your competitors.
Other benefits include:
- Increased agility and responsiveness
- Reduced time to hire
- Improved employee retention rates
- Enhance diversity, equality & inclusion
How Do I Carry Out Strategic Recruitment?
Building a robust talent pipeline gives you a pool of potential candidates matching your strategic recruitment plan. Promoting your employer brand keeps potential candidates interested until a role becomes available. Engage with a recruitment partner who nurtures relationships with talent in your space.
What is Opportunistic Recruitment?
Strategic recruitment can be quite time-consuming and resource-intensive. Opportunistic hiring can be a much speedier option. It simply means recruiting talented individuals when they appear on your radar.
They may not have applied for a specific role or you not have a job available. But you realise how their experience and skills can benefit your organisation. You’re confident they will add value and provide a significant return on investment – particularly in revenue generating roles.
When opportunity knocks, open the door!
This means you can enjoy:
- Increased organisational agility and responsiveness
- A wider pipeline of candidates
- Speedy recruitment
- New opportunities for business growth
How Do I Carry Out Opportunistic Recruitment?
Use your strategic recruitment plan to highlight the skills gaps and future aspirations. It’s also useful to list skills and experiences valuable to your company.
Are you recruiting for the future? Are you snapping up great talent when it comes your way? If not, you could be missing out on talent and competitive advantage.
Here at Solomon Search Partners, we grow and maintain a network of top talent, who we constantly nurture, so that when they’re ready to move, we’re the natural first choice to engage with. So when you’re ready to open the door to opportunity, get in touch to discuss how we can build your stable of talent.