Finding Talent Isn’t Always Going Externally

Hiring in this economy is not a bad so this is not meant as an anti-economic or anti-employment discussion.  As a recruiter, it is my job to find and attract top talent but there are occasions when hiring is not always a solution.

 

Is it possible that companies and management are not looking internally enough for talented individuals for project work?  I have been hearing and conversing with a number of people from companies who are looking externally for subject matter experts in various areas while there is staff internally either interested or available to take on projects.  So what should be done?

 

First, the employee needs to stand up and say they are interested.  The more you let pass over you the less experience you will get and the less you maybe viewed as a valuable employee.  Volunteer.  Get involved.  Make a stand.  Take on this work and show your value.

 

Second, companies while looking at costs don’t always look at the correct or right person for work.  Managers may neither know all of their employee’s skills nor know who maybe interested or qualified to do this work.

 

This is a missed opportunity for both groups.  Bottom line, make yourself known and take on what will add value to you and your company!

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About kufarms
10 years in HR and recruiting both in the corporate and agency worlds. Corporate Recruiter and Socail Media Strategist. Looking to share and discuss topics as well as hopefully provide some thought. Dad of 2 with a loving wife.

2 Responses to Finding Talent Isn’t Always Going Externally

  1. Steve says:

    I’d also add there is a peculiar cultural issue in many companies – the assumption that unless someone is immediately obvious as a choice, that it’s better off looking outside the company. People need to stand up, as you said, but also companies need to be aware of internal employee’s abilities and ambitions.

  2. kufarms says:

    Culture is a huge factor, completely agree. This is both a corporate/management issues as much as an employee issue. People need to get outside of their proverbial comfort areas and embrace something new… who knows where it may lead.

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