Virtual Talent Reality

by The Red Recruiter on September 18, 2009

junkyrealityThis is more of a question than an opinion…

How many organizations are currently living in a false reality when it comes to talent?

Sure… they may currently have access to stellar talent due to the economic climate… but have they prepared for recovery. Have they prepared for a potential talent exodus? What happens when the talent pool realizes that they have spent the past 2-3 years underpaid and under appreciated? What happens then?

I would normally recommend the use of agencies to help fill the gaps… but, there are two problems with this…

First, a whole lot of third-party and corporate recruiters left the industry during the downturn. They’ve moved on. Perhaps they can be attracted back… but, it will take time. The second question is expense. Reactive recruiting (often the type of recruiting agencies get called to help with) gets very expensive. With higher demand and fewer third party providers, that will drive prices up. This isn’t going to be cheap.

So, what’s the solution?

I don’t know how to fix this issue overnight, but if I were a betting man, I would put my money on paying close attention to your current employees’ needs, wants and desires. There may still be a chance to make things right.

Oh, and if you are the type that sits back and says “Well… I gave them a job!” – you’ve lost your mind. You are probably the same person that thinks it’s okay to treat employees as numbers instead of as human beings. Good luck to you when the economy recovers… your people will be more than willing to speak with recruiters about how green the

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grass really is on the other side.

So… who knows? What’s the solution? What steps should employers be taking now to improve their internal employement branding? What would you like to see more of? Less of?

Your thoughts are valuable! Thanks for sharing 😉

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  • http://www.christophermcgill.com/ Christopher McGill

    Interesting topic. It is very important to find and in this case KEEP top talent. Companies are nothing with out its employees…and most companies know this. But do they understand it and are they willing to do what it takes to keep top talent? I work in the IT field and it is a battle to keep high demand professionals…even in this economy. I guess we will have to see.

  • http://www.christophermcgill.com Christopher McGill

    Interesting topic. It is very important to find and in this case KEEP top talent. Companies are nothing with out its employees…and most companies know this. But do they understand it and are they willing to do what it takes to keep top talent? I work in the IT field and it is a battle to keep high demand professionals…even in this economy. I guess we will have to see.

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  • Todd

    I like your perspective. You are a forward thinker. I’m sure you provide excellent value to the clients you serve – serving them in the off-season as well as the playoffs.

  • Todd

    I like your perspective. You are a forward thinker. I’m sure you provide excellent value to the clients you serve – serving them in the off-season as well as the playoffs.

  • http://theredrecruiter.com/ The Red Recruiter

    Thank you Todd! 😉

  • http://theredrecruiter.com The Red Recruiter

    Thank you Todd! 😉

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