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Being proactive means anticipating what might happen before it does and starting to plan ahead. Handling your tasks in a timely manner can help you achieve your goals quickly and efficiently. 

Technical Recruiter, Jennifer Pham explains the difference between proactive and reactive recruiting and the benefits of taking a proactive approach.  

What is proactive recruiting?  

Proactive recruiting is a strategy that involves sourcing, engaging, and attracting talent and clients ahead of a hiring demand. By taking this approach, it helps you become more prepared with solutions for clients and candidates.

Benefits of proactive recruiting:  

  • Talent is ready and available. Having a pipeline of pre-vetted talent in your database allows you to provide quick solutions that meet your hiring needs.   
  • Cutdown hiring time. When you have a larger talent pool to choose from, you can speed up the interview and hiring cycle by instantly providing candidates. This strategy will end up giving you back time to focus on your projects and deliverables.   
  • Stay ahead of market trends – Taking a proactive approach to recruiting will also help you anticipate and forecast hiring needs by staying ahead of market trends. This can translate to clients hiring needs along with candidates and their job needs.

What is reactive recruiting?  

Reactive recruiting is when the hiring process starts after the need arises. This means hiring managers do not seek talent until they have an opening and candidates do not react to job openings until they are available. This is more of an outdated and traditional hiring and job search approach.  

Disadvantages of reactive recruiting:  

  • Time consuming. Finding high quality talent is not easy and can take a while. Since reactive recruiting does not start seeking candidates until a position becomes available, it can lead to a drawn-out interviewing and hiring process. 
  • Quantity VS. Quality – Clients often end up compromising on quality talent because they are looking to fill the positions as quickly as possible. There is more focus on filling the available positions and getting people started with less focus on whether they are qualified and a good fit for each other.   
  • Outdated approach – The job market over the last few years has taught us to be prepared and to stay ahead of trends. This approach is constantly playing catch up and is an inefficient way to attract talent.  

Overall, proactive recruiting can bring numerous benefits to an organization. It allows for a better candidate experience and ensures hiring managers are placed with the right talent. When you take a proactive hiring approach you don’t have to worry about being at the mercy of the job market. If you are interested in learning more about how Triple Crown attracts and retains top talent, be sure and connect with us today and let us be a resource to your job or hiring needs.