Here’s an admission from a recruiter, I save my best candidates for my best clients. Not all clients are created equal and neither are all candidates. Sometimes an “A” player will walk into your office and he or she does not know that they are an “A” player and their just looking for a better job. I love these humble candidates. They know that they are hardworking and successful but have been working under terrible conditions or a terrible boss for so long that they think that this is normal.
We have a top 10 list at our recruitment firm and you have to impress our socks off when we meet you to get on that list. Often the people on that list are not actively hunting for a job but dipping their toe in the water but are willing to take the plunge if a great opportunity presents itself.
Then we have the A employers, you know the type; they say what they mean and mean what they say. They give you constructive feedback after every interview and candidates have great things to say about HR, the hiring manager and the company a year after they have been hired. They take care of the “A” players. Contrary to what you might think, it is not necessarily the biggest companies out there that are the “A” employers. There are many small and medium-sized companies that really know how to treat their people.
Many organizations can attract the best but not many can keep them engaged. Some clients are easier to do business with. They understand that the relationship with the 3rd party recruiter works well when they work together. They know their strengths and places for improvement. They can sell the job but not oversell it. You love working with them because you too drank the Kool-Aid.
It’s the old 80/20 rule; taking 20% more time up front to explain your hiring needs will save you 80% effort.