Top Echelon Recruiting Survey: Recruiting Passive Candidates ‘Difficult’

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According to a recent recruiting survey conducted by Top Echelon Network, an elite recruiting network of highly specialized search firms, over 70% of recruiters find recruiting passive candidates to be either “somewhat difficult” or “very difficult.”

Mark Demaree, President of the Top Echelon recruiting network

According to Mark Demaree, President of the Top Echelon recruiting network, it’s not easier to recruit passive candidates now than in the past.

The results of this survey underscore the crucial role that recruiters play in the hiring process typical of today’s ultra-competitive economic environment.

Since the advent of recruiting, passive candidates have usually been the most highly sought-after candidates in the employment marketplace.

This is due to a variety of reasons, including the fact that passive candidates are typically among the top performers within their company and are often too busy to actually conduct a job search. In the majority of cases, they’re contacted by a recruiter (either a corporate recruiter or a third-party recruiter) and recruited for a company’s open position.

That being said, how difficult is it to recruit these types of candidates right now?

According to a recent recruiting survey conducted by Top Echelon Network, an elite recruiting network of highly specialized search firms, over 70% of recruiters find recruiting passive candidates to be either “somewhat difficult” or “very difficult.”

As part of that survey, Top Echelon Network asked the following question: “Overall, how easy or difficult is it right now to recruit passive, qualified candidates?”

Almost half of recruiters surveyed (48.7%) chose “somewhat difficult” as their answer, while 23.1% of participants went a step further and selected “very difficult.”

In addition, another 15.4% of recruiters indicated that recruiting passive, qualified candidates is “neither easy nor difficult.”

However, some recruiters are experiencing trouble just finding these types of candidates, let alone trying to successfully recruit them. The percentage in that category of the survey was 9.0%.

Meanwhile, there aren’t many recruiters on the other end of the spectrum. Only 1.3% of survey respondents indicated that recruiting passive candidates is “very easy,” and just “2.6%” were of the opinion that it’s “somewhat easy.”

According to Mark Demaree, President of the Top Echelon recruiting network, in spite of the nation’s relatively high unemployment rate, it’s not easier to recruit passive candidates now than in the past. In fact, it could be argued that it’s even more difficult.

“The type of candidates that companies—and their recruiters—are looking for aren’t actively seeking new employment opportunities,” said Demaree. “Even when they are found and they’re presented with a great opportunity, they don’t just jump at it. They have to be recruited, and in many cases, they’re not easily convinced to leave their current employer.

“The results of this survey underscore the crucial role that recruiters play in the hiring process typical of today’s ultra-competitive economic environment.”

The Top Echelon recruiting network was founded in 1988 in Canton, Ohio. Nearly 400 recruiting firms from all major industries are members of Top Echelon Network.

Learn more about the Top Echelon recruiting network.

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