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Passive candidates can be a strong choice for employers looking for staff who is experienced, in demand, and able to ramp up quickly. But they can be a challenge to recruit. The benefits of looking at both active candidates and passive candidates are clear, as you can broaden your scope and even generate a reliable talent pipeline. Job seekers who are currently employed but open to new opportunities can be a good source for high quality hires. Here are a few ways you can encourage them to take the leap without taking a hit in your recruiting costs.

Be Strategic

Interviewing at least a few candidates who are not in a rush to come on board right away can reduce the pressure on the hiring end as well. This allows you to be strategic in your planning. You are better able to understand how candidates would fit your needs in the position, engage in multiple layers of interviews and evaluations, and have time on your side during salary negotiations. This more strategic hiring process is generally easier and less rushed for both parties, the employee and the employer, which allows both sides to fully commit to the change in a relationship.

Speak to Your Culture

If an employed individual is at all interested in making a change, there are reasons that their current company is not the right fit for them. This could be due to poor compensation, but in many cases, the issue is with the people or the overall culture of the company they are no longer feeling content with. By focusing on your culture and how valued your employees are for their contributions, you offer passive candidates something that could be a big differentiator within their new role. Opportunities for growth, training and professional development and a welcoming group of coworkers may be what you need to attract an otherwise already employed candidate.

Work with a Staffing Partner

One of the reasons that working with a staffing partner can be so helpful in situations like this is that they are familiar with the talent currently in play. By developing and networking with a bench of existing candidates (both active and passive), they are better able to provide employers with a well-rounded applicant pool. They are also familiar with the candidates they have placed in the past who they know will be looking for future work, either due to a contract coming to an end or simple career development. By working with a staffing agency, you are giving yourself access to a network of talented accounting professionals who are pre-screened and proven on the job. You reduce the risk of hiring employees who are more interested in a paycheck than what they are doing or who they are working for. It’s a win-win for both candidates and employers alike.

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