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3 Ways to Find the Needle in the Haystack in a Job Market Flush with Candidates

August 25th, 2020

Is your company struggling to find a candidate who is the perfect fit for your company? Looking for that unicorn candidate who checks all the boxes?

As a Toronto recruitment agency, we know how challenging it can be to find the right candidate. It can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack, but it can be done. Here are some tips to help you find the right personnel in a job market flush with candidates:

Toronto recruitment agency shares how to find the right candidates in a flush job market

Look in the right haystack

Where you look for candidates can have a significant impact on the amount and quality of candidates you find. The most popular locations and methods to find candidates is not always best for you. Even though there are fewer candidates, focusing on your niche and industry-specific resources can yield better results.

For example, we all know companies post jobs online. But the internet is a big place. Look for smaller job boards and communities online that are more focused. It’s about quality candidates, not the number of applicants.

Have a razor-sharp focus

This is very important to the success of your candidate search. You need to have all parts of your recruitment process dialed in. It starts with the job description. Be as crystal clear as you can about the type of candidate you are looking for. Be specific with requirements and qualifications. Be specific about your company culture and the type of person you think will fit. Being razor-focused will help you in two ways:

  • You’ll have a better idea of what you are looking for.
  • Candidates will be clearer about what you expect.

Make it easy for candidates to find you

Recruiting works both ways. You can actively seek out candidates. You can also make it easier for them to find you. Letting your professional network know you are hiring, leveraging your connections, placing ads online, and working with a recruiter are only a few ways to get the word out to candidates.

As we’ve stated many times before on this blog, work on your employer brand. Build a strong company culture and you can become a destination where top candidates want to work. When you do this, they will come to you.

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IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm supporting clients across the country. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Executive Search / Board & C-Suite, Technology, Media, Digital & Marketing, Accounting & Finance, Financial Services & Insurance, Cannabis, Startup, Data Science, Consumer, eCommerce & Retail, Operations & HR, Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Engineering, Legal & Professional Services, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, Non-Profit & Sustainability, and Sales. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Bruce Powell

Bruce co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as Managing Partner. His personal background includes hands-on management experience in sales, marketing and marketing services. He has built management teams for a wide variety of marketing, communications, media and technology companies. He has also participated in several M&A transactions for service-based companies and is frequently called upon as a resource in the planning and negotiation of such deals.

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