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When recruiting employees, the best candidate may be right under your nose

Posted by Scott Fiore on May 30, 2019

Searching for just the right candidate demands more time and patience than it did just a few years ago. In particular, recruiting employees who are high performers in their field can be tough, especially for positions requiring certain specialized skills.

Even with new college and trade school graduates entering the workforce, an increased labor supply in some fields can’t meet the demand at a time of nearly full employment.

If recruiting employees takes too long, internal projects can be delayed and workers picking up the slack can become resentful. So, word to the wise: don’t wait too long for the perfect candidate who may never turn up.

Sometimes, great candidates aren’t too far away

Though you might not realize it,  your best available candidate may already be under your roof, plugging away and doing excellent work. Don’t overlook talented employees who could be ready for more responsibility, or an expanded skill set, with a little training or development. With their proven loyalty and knowledge about your organization, they may be able to make a seamless transition to another position.

Employees capable of taking on additional duties and authority are not always the ones who immediately come to mind. Identifying just the right person for your open position can require some deep digging. Talk with managers, review attendance records and performance evaluations, and look for examples of outstanding achievement.

Opening positions to current employees—particularly with a promotion’s higher pay and greater responsibility—can boost overall morale and job satisfaction among those who advance. But as well as receiving increased compensation, most employees are enthusiastic about the prospect of professional development and mentoring opportunities. People who are rewarded for doing exceptional work are also happier on the job and more likely to continue their employment.

Not only could existing employees be a great fit for other jobs, but you might also prevent them from being wooed away by competing firms. When the market is tight, your competitors are experiencing the same challenges and also looking for candidates for their open positions.

Need new high performers? Talk with our star recruiters

As much as you want to keep your best employees, you may lose some from time to time and you won’t always find their replacements within your ranks. So, talk with us here at TriStarr. By finding, screening, and negotiating with top candidates, we can save you time and help you through every step.

TriStarr is a staffing and recruitment agency in Lancaster, PA. With years of experience in administrative staffing services, we can find candidates who are a great fit for your employment needs. Our recruiting agency stands by our Good People Guarantee. If a client isn’t pleased with someone we have recruited, we will replace the person with another candidate at no cost or provide a refund.

If you would like help with recruiting employees in a tight job market from professional recruiters, contact us online or call us at (717) 560-2111. TriStarr serves the Lancaster, York, Harrisburg, Hershey and Reading employment markets.