Have you ever had one of those days when you are just day dreaming of being out on the beach with a cocktail that has one of those little pink umbrellas in it? I would imagine that is what it is like to be a hiring manager during this candidate driven market.
When you are stuck not only doing your job, but also taking on the duties of someone who unexpectedly left, all while trying to hire their replacement? Not to mention the top candidates are receiving offers from 3 or 4 of your competitors at the same time. Can I get a direct flight to paradise or do I have to have a layover in Denver?
As a hiring manger, I’m sure you are sitting there, scratching your head. This is a great company to work for, this job has great benefits and opportunity for growth… it should be a piece of cake to fill, right? Then your process starts. You submit the job order to your HR department with a big smile and a spring in your step, confident because this is “a great company and a great opportunity.” A few weeks go by and you have no viable candidates. In fact, you haven’t even seen one resume, come to think of it! You go talk to HR, they reassure you that they’re on it. Here’s what they don’t say: “We have tons of candidates, but none with the experience that you are needing or wanting in your department.”
Right as you feel that anxiety creeping in, the day dreaming starts. You see visions of your toes in the sand while listening to the calming sounds of the ocean and sipping on a Mai Thai. You have escaped the concrete jungle for that brief moment to relax and feel stress free. Unfortunately, a phone call snaps you back into reality. You are rapidly approaching an important deadline with no hope in sight, and now this position is critical to the success of your team.
Suddenly, you remember that recruiter that has been pestering you for the past month while you were waiting for this position. Not only are you tired of waiting, but it’s getting expensive to leave this position unfilled! The daydream is slowly starting to shrink away and the concrete around you seems like it’s getting tighter and tighter. You decide to call up that recruiter just to have a conversation. You get a fee agreement in place and within a few days, the recruiter has a pre-qualified resume on your desk. You are finally able to breathe a sigh of relief and you even start to plan for a real vacation.