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Be on the look-out for top talent – even if you’re not recruiting

From time to time, a truly exceptional candidate can cross your path whose skills, experience and qualifications are a perfect fit for your organisation. But what happens if you don’t currently have a suitable vacancy available for them at precisely that time?

Many businesses would simply take their CV and banish it to the back of a dusty filing cabinet, never to see the light of day again whilst the star candidate moves on to another opportunity, thinking that they weren’t of interest to you.

Being reactive to recruiting during a skills shortage won’t help you to win the war for talent in a highly competitive market or help you put together a great team if you allow great candidates to simply pass you by and move on to your competitors.

With the right team in place, an organisation can achieve anything. Without the key staff members needed to drive growth and meet objectives, businesses can find themselves stuck in a state of limbo whilst those around them take advantage of the economic upturn currently being enjoyed in the UK.

So how can you engage with these star candidates, even if you’re not currently seeking to hire?

Firstly, you need to acknowledge their interest in working for your company and thank them for the time they have spent preparing their CV and letter of introduction. This might be common courtesy but you’d be surprised just how many businesses fail to do this and as a result ‘snub’ great quality candidates.

Secondly, get in touch with the candidate and see if you can arrange to meet with them to discuss their career aspirations with regards to your company. At this stage, you can get a better understanding of what the candidate is looking for and also gain an insight into any other skills or hidden talents that may not be apparent from their CV.

Explain to them that although a vacancy may not be available immediately, you would like to build a relationship with them so that when a suitable position should arise you can take the recruitment process further. If your organisation has a lot to offer, a good candidate may be willing to wait for the right opportunity. However, bear in mind that there are a lot of great opportunities around due to the skills shortage so don’t expect them to wait around forever.

You may feel that this candidate is worth creating a new role for, as they have skills that will compliment and prove useful to you over time. In this case, working closely with the individual may produce a fruitful relationship that you might have otherwise let pass you by.

So if you’re seeking hard to find skills or a particular background, it’s essential that your constantly on the look-out for that key team member – even if you’re not currently in the market to employ a new member of staff.

For more employee sourcing tactics for industry professionals, call Appointments Personnel on 01782 338787 or email office@appointmentspersonnel.co.uk for free and impartial recruitment advice.

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Emma Bonfiglio

About the author, Emma Bonfiglio

Managing Director at Appointments, Emma has spent 15 years building up a stellar reputation for commercial recruitment excellence across a variety of industries and sectors. There’s no staffing challenge Emma hasn’t encountered and her insight into the recruitment landscape has assisted countless clients achieve their goals over the years.


Specialising in the legislative and procedural side of business operations and through her extensive knowledge and continual training, Emma has a wealth of legal and contractual recruitment knowledge to help advise and support organisations of any size and in any industry.