CANDIDATE QUALITY vs QUANTITY: WHICH IS REALLY BETTER?
Certainly there is an easy answer to this question…but easy doesn’t necessarily mean realistic. In a perfect world, with perfect candidates around every corner, quality candidates in large quantities would be just lovely! But this is not reality and sometimes finding one quality candidate can be a challenge. I truly would rather receive one qualified resume/candidate, then have to shred ten that have no business even applying. The answer is simple: quality = less time & money spent.
QUALITY WINS EVERY TIME!
1. It’s a time issue: Spending time looking at resumes that clearly not qualified takes precious time that could be spent on more productive things in the day.
2. Recruiting costs: Using a well-developed talent pipeline like the HireHorticulture.com community decreases the need for broader human resource marketing activities; thus saving money.
3. Staff turnover rates: It’s been proven over and over, candidates from a recruiting source dedicated to a specific industry are better suited for positions as they will be well aware of the company culture and will have evaluated their personal fit prior to interviewing. This lessens the risk of an employee leaving within the first year.
There are plenty of choices out there to recruit from, dig a little before spending company money; find the best suited recruiting source that will be interactive, proactive, and take the time to get to know you and your company culture. Again, it only takes one!
**TIP** Become a little bit of a "sleuth," look for transferable skills, read between the lines on a resume before putting them aside. If a candidate has 7 out of 10 of the qualifications, give them a quick call or email. Remember, not everyone is a rock star writer, and most people are more humble than you think; that translates into items being left off of a resume. You might miss out on the top talent that you’ve been searching for!