You may receive hundreds of qualified resumes for a single job posting, but how much time do you spend weeding out unqualified candidates who are desperate for jobs? Today’s economy has made it a challenge for candidates to find jobs; however, it has also had a negative impact on HR and recruiters. Spending hours trashing unqualified resumes isn’t exactly the most time-efficient way to hire.
Are you looking outside your standard talent pool?
By the time you weed down your resume pile, you may have very few qualified candidates in your area. And if you’ve specified that you’ll consider local applicants only, you’re making it especially difficult to make a qualified hire! Out-of-state candidates have received a bad reputation over the years…they can seem “undesirable” to hiring managers. But why? Forget what you thought you knew. Here are three reasons why you should consider out-of-state candidates for your next job opening:
- They’re not expecting a relocation package. Yup, the economy is tough, and people are struggling to find jobs. And with that struggle, most candidates expect to have to do some extra legwork to find the right job. Candidates who are applying for out-of-state jobs more likely than not expect to pay for their own moving and transportation costs. Many even expect to pay their own travel costs for the interview. So if cost is your number one reason for discounting out-of-state candidates right off the bat, put that fear to rest.
- Many jobs can be done remotely. If you aren’t interested in having someone pick up and move across the country to work for you, have you considered having employees who work remotely? Technology has made it so that a home office is nearly the same as a “real” office. Skype and Facetime have made video conferencing a synch, and most home offices have the same quality technology, if not better! This will not only save you onboarding costs, but the cost of equipment, added utilities, etc.
- They are eager to get started. Candidates who are searching for jobs out of state are eager and enthusiastic to get started with your company, perhaps even more so than a local candidate. Whether their primary reason for applying is to move to a new area, or they are simply incredibly excited about your company, they will come to your company ready and eager to make an impact. Who wouldn’t want someone enthusiastic working for their company?
Searching for great talent?
Contact Gage Personnel! We have an extensive network of qualified candidates who are ready to make an impact on your business.