There is a way for employers to get ahead of the curve in the hunt for skilled workers, a recruitment boss has said, who suggested that the best candidates are less likely to be poring over job advertisements for their next opportunity.
Asked for his key advice for SMEs on an episode of the My Business Podcast, Rafael Moyano – CEO of recruitment firm The Adecco Group Australia – cautioned that the best candidates for job vacancies are increasingly not those actively looking for jobs.
“More and more, we will see that there is no active candidates, there are passive candidates,” he said.
“So the good candidates, they will not be looking for a job to be offered. They will be already working, already have an offer, so you need to try to find them.”
He urged employers to ditch the mindset that “people will come to me” and proactively reach out to individuals who appear to be a good fit for the business and possess the required skills and experience.
“You need to try to build a mechanism that allows you to find these passive candidates,” Mr Moyano said.
The level of engagement with passive job candidates will, he conceded, depend on the level of resources available within the business. But a good place to start, available to every business regardless of size, is LinkedIn.
“You have to make yourself more visible and you have to be in the right places and create a great network that allows you to identify those talent [prospects] and later reach them,” he said.
“So LinkedIn could be one of those places ... that’s a great place [to start], a great place to search.
“But I think there [are also] a lot of different university networking events where you can really... see if there is a potential good candidate there.”
Mr Moyano also revealed some of the reasons why an employer’s recruitment efforts may not be delivering the desired results, which can include basic elements such as the job title itself.
The full podcast with Mr Moyano can be found here on the My Business website.
Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the publication’s editorial direction since early 2016.