Poll: Not Enough Qualified Candidates Biggest Problem for Recruiters

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According to a recent poll conducted by Top Echelon Network, an elite network of highly specialized search firms, the majority of recruiters indicated that their biggest problem with candidates is not being able to find enough qualified ones.

Top Echelon Communications Coordinator Matt Deutsch

According to Top Echelon Communications Coordinator Matt Deutsch, recruiters need qualified candidates just as much as they need job orders, if not more so.

This reality underscores the challenge many recruiters face, and that challenge revolves more around a lack of qualified candidates than it does a lack of job orders.

The current economic environment presents more than its fair share of problems for everybody—job seekers, companies, and recruiters.

However, what those problems are might come as a surprise.

With as many job seekers as there are in the marketplace, it would seem as though candidates are plentiful for both companies and the recruiters who work for them. While that might be true, this fact carries with it an important caveat.

According to a recent poll conducted by Top Echelon Network, an elite network of highly specialized search firms, the majority of recruiters indicated that their biggest problem with candidates is not being able to find enough qualified ones.

As part of that poll, Top Echelon Network asked the following question: “What’s your biggest problem with candidates right now?”

A whopping 67% of respondents chose “not enough qualified ones” as their answer, while 19.3% identified “relocation” as their top problem with candidates.

In addition, 5.5% of poll participants chose “counter-offers,” and 3.7% selected “fall-offs.” Nearly 5% of recruiters (4.6%) indicated that some “other problem” was their biggest one in regards to candidates.

According to Top Echelon Communications Coordinator Matt Deutsch, there’s a distinct difference between “candidates” and “qualified candidates.”

“The volume of candidates overall is not the problem,” said Deutsch. “As our poll indicates, the degree to which those candidates are qualified is the problem.

“A recruiter’s goal is to match the requirements of their client’s job order with the skills, experience, and expertise of a qualified candidate. And some companies don’t stop with qualified candidates; they want highly qualified candidates, superstars who can be ‘game changers’ within their organization.

“This reality underscores the challenge many recruiters face, and that challenge revolves more around a lack of qualified candidates than it does a lack of job orders.”

Top Echelon Network was founded in 1988 in Canton, Ohio.

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