Looking for the needle in the haystack

Finding the elusive job candidate.
By Kim Peters
|CHRR, Guide to HR Technology|Last Updated: 03/30/2001

In today’s ultra-competitive job market, talent acquisition is among the most important functions within a company. Indeed, perhaps the greatest challenge facing HR practitioners is finding the “needle in the haystack” — the hard to find job candidate — as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Hard to find

There are two major categories of hard-to-find candidates. There are those who possess specialized skills and are therefore a rare commodity. There is also a second type that is even more elusive: the passive job seeker. This is the individual with the right skills, experience and attitude but who is happy in their current position and not actively looking and therefore may not be aware of a particular opportunity within another organization.