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Passive Candidates Might Be Your Best Option

October 14th, 2015

Let’s start with a definition – A passive candidate is simply someone who is not actively looking for a job. They may be employed elsewhere, semi-retired or simply not actively looking for work. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be lured back into the job market or away from their current employer. And in certain circumstances this might be exactly the kind of talent you want to be recruiting. Here’s why:

Access the Top Talent

You may be struggling to find qualified talent and trying to patch over holes in your workforce with little success. Rather than carrying out an endless recruiting effort, why not go straight after the candidates you know have the skills you need and the character you want? Sure, you might have to put a little more into the recruiting effort, but you also made a major upgrade to your workforce in a lot shorter period of time.

Gain a Recruiting Advantage

Since passive candidates are not actively looking for work, they are not actively being pursued by recruiters. That puts you at a significant advantage when you find a truly impressive professional you want to work with. You can get their undivided attention and make an offer without worrying about getting in to a bidding war. Compare that with the feeding frenzy that often results when top talent makes the decision to go back on the job hunt.

Get an Accurate Picture

When you go through an open recruiting process, everyone you meet with comes to you carefully prepared and varnished. You get to see their best side, but not necessarily their complete or even honest side. That makes it hard to make hiring decisions with absolute certainty. Passive candidates are just the opposite. They don’t have to tell you exactly what you want to hear or hide their warts because they already have a job to fall back on. When you find someone that can fill a role at your company, you can invite them in with total confidence.

So how do you recruit for these passive candidates? There are a lot of ways, but in almost every case it involves a lot of leg work and a lot of wining and dining. Or you can choose to work with a specialized staffing agency that already has bridges to these candidates built. If you prefer to work with a staffing agency that can help recruit passive job candidates, contact the Concorde Group today!

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Become a Better Leader: Avoid These Mistakes

May 15th, 2015

Being a great leader is not about being perfect. In fact, many would argue that you need to try and fail a few times, if not a few dozen times, to qualify yourself to lead. That being said, there is nothing wrong with learning from the mistakes of others before you make them yourself. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of common mistakes that leaders make so you can hopefully avoid making them too.

  • Taking Everything on Your Own Shoulders – As a leader, it is your responsibility to delegate. That doesn’t mean you hand every responsibility off to someone else, but you need to trust that those around you are capable of getting things done.
  • Failing to Set Goals – For every decision you make, you have a desired outcome in mind. Make sure that your team knows exactly what you want and how you will judge their performance.
  • Relying on Quick Fixes – You are a leader because you are willing to put in the long hours and hard work it takes to accomplish something great. Always resist the urge to fall back on a solution that is too fast or too easy.
  • Communicating Ineffectively – Your team looks to you for direction. If you don’t make yourself clear and accessible, you can’t expect to get the outcomes you require.
  • Repeating Mistakes – Even after reading this post, you are going to make mistakes. Make sure you learn from them so they don’t happen in the future.
  • Refusing to Change – Change is inevitable. It’s your job to forecast it, prepare your team for it, and then react to it before it has a chance to affect you.
  • Cutting Yourself Off – Leaders are also members of teams. Remember to keep yourself accessible to employees at any time, for any reason. If you’re too busy, schedule a meeting for later.
  • Being Too Serious – Work is a serious thing, but that doesn’t mean it has to feel like a jail. Leaders often set the tone for the office, so make sure you inject some fun and humor into it when you can.
  • Withholding Praise – If someone on your team does something great, let them know about it, and think about offering some kind of reward. As the leader, keeping your team motivated is one of your biggest responsibilities.

Being a leader is not easy. But if you approach the position with some self-awareness and a keen sense of what your team needs and when, you can push them to be better than they could be without you. Find more resources to help you get the most out of your staff by partnering with the team at The Concorde Group.

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