The difference between passive candidates and active applicants

Thought Leadership on Flexible Staffing presented by Symphony Placements

You may have heard the terms “passive candidates” and “active candidates” before. Staffing agencies such as Symphony Placements look for candidates in both categories. Each type of candidate requires a different hiring strategy.

Active candidates
Active candidates are those who are actively searching for a job. They may be scouring job boards, searching social media or networking through friends. They are in need of something new. Active candidates are looking for an open opportunity for a number of reasons. They may be unhappy with their jobs because they aren’t paid enough or aren’t given enough responsibility. They may be feeling insecure at their jobs, because the future of the company is uncertain. Some candidates may be unemployed. What’s interesting, however, is that 25% of active candidates are employed full time.

How to hook them
Active candidates are easy to find, because they’re submitting their resumes and building brands for themselves. It’s important to make the hiring process easier for these applicants, since many already have jobs and don’t have a lot of time to dedicate. Provide them with plenty of information on the position and offer flexible interviewing options.

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