You know how in cheesy rom-coms the guy usually chases after the wrong girls — only to find that his true love was right in front of him the whole time and he didn’t even know it? That’s sometimes true in recruiting, too. Sometimes, when a position opens up, you go chasing after candidates before taking a moment to see whether the candidate of your dreams is actually right under your nose.
When a position opens up, most employers (72 percent) say they first look at internal resources — including ATS, talent community/network, and referrals — before posting a job, according to CareerBuilder’s 2015 Candidate Behavior Study. Contrast that with just 28 percent who directly post open positions externally.
What does this mean for you?
What is your process when a position opens up at your organization? If you have never been one to capitalize on the opportunity to look internally as well as externally, it may be time to give it a try.
A great place to start is to create a talent network, otherwise known as a community of candidates interested in your organization, and automatically re-engage them when new and relevant positions open up.