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The Innovation Key: how innovation will save recruiters

July 17, 2018

By Simon Kent, editor of The Global Recruiter


Recruiters are by their very nature innovative. It is easy to throw this comment around – but it is a theme which continues to come back to me – not least while researching for the last issue of The Global Recruiter’s Australia and New Zealand e-magazine. In our cover story we explored the idea of recruiters searching outside the usual talent pools in order to find the people their clients need (http://dld.bz/gTqu9). As numerous sectors and the employment market in general becomes tighter and under pressure, the usual avenues for talent are, if not drying up, then becoming more problematic.


While it is clear some recruiters are finding new ways of sourcing talent and new talent to source, there’s also a refusal to break the mould within other sectors. On the one hand, if a recruiter receives a candidate brief from their client they are very wary to step outside of that brief even if they believe they can find a good employee from an unexpected source. On the other hand some employing companies are still powerful enough, or at least have sufficient brand awareness, to be able to go out into the marketplace and simply scoop up all the talent that is there at the moment. In both contexts there’s a sense of ‘head in the sand’ over the issue. Keep going back to the same source and eventually it will run dry.