When it comes to sourcing new, top talent, are outplacement firms the recruiter’s best friend?
Several months ago, I wrote a post about how other companies’ losses can be a recruiter’s gain. That is to say, the employee that one downsizing company is forced to let go can be another company’s next high performer.
Then today over on Fistful of Talent, recruiting and networking expert Jennifer McClure went one better, saying that recruiters should look to outplacement firms as a resource for finding these high performers.
With more companies increasingly using outplacement firms to help laid off employees make the transition to a new career, recruiters should take advantage of the opportunity to connect with these outplacement firms. Not only do these firms have access to enough experienced professionals to make recruiters feel like Blossom and Six at a hat factory, but McClure points out two other major advantages:
- Candidates going through outplacement services have typically spent the time getting an education and have real-life work experiences that can be shared and evaluated in considering them for opportunities.
- Candidates going through outplacement services are actively involved in completing assessments, working with a coach or counselor and participating in networking activities to prepare themselves for “re-employment.”
Sure, there’s a valid argument for avoiding outplacement firms (“Why would I want someone else’s low perfomers?”)…or at least there is when layoffs aren’t an everyday occurrence, which unfortunately isn’t the case today.
But while recruiters should still look for red flags – both on resumes and in interviews – when considering candidates, McClure is right to say they need to stop placing a stigma on candidates who’ve been laid off – lest they miss out on tapping into an otherwise experienced and skilled pool of candidates who are simply the victims of a struggling economy.
Have you used outplacement services as a resource for sourcing candidates? If so, what has been your experience?Related
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