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Talent Sourcing: Landing the Right ‘Fish’ Every Time


Wayne Moles
Talent Management Solutions | IQNavigatorSome trout fishermen take a more direct approach: They stand in the stream and select the one they want (not a random hook or a collection of all types) and engage in ‘tickling’ the desired trout. Tickling trout requires patience to caress the fish until the trout becomes so relaxed it can simply be picked up and tossed on the bank. It is an art and a science and delivers great results. Finding suitable talent and maintaining a healthy stock of candidates for your contingent workforce is akin to the role of a fisherman. For bulk requirements, you may trawl the waters to fill your needs, picking the stream with a particular current flow to increase your odds of finding the perfect ‘fish’. But what about that highly skilled, difficult-to-fill position? Do you take your chances and dangle the hook or wade in, tickle the ‘trout’ and find the perfect specimen? To find and manage your talent pool, you need to invest time and effort to care for your stock—monitor regularly, and maintain the right environment, candidate mixture and availability while still sustaining abundant stock levels. Keeping your pool fresh matters if you want to choose from the very best. Historically, nets were cast wide to fill positions, leading to increased pressure on recruiters to sort and select suitable candidates. For some roles, trawling or dangling a hook might be the solution that fits or even head hunting via the tickling trout method. However, finding a method to mass fish for the right talent is not only more efficient but gives better insight into potential workers to match future needs. IQN’s fully integrated Talent Pools attracts and sustains prospective catches until they are required. Manage your talent pool correctly and, when the time is right, jump in to find the perfect candidate—no hook dangling or trawling in sight! IQN Talent Pools offers significant advantages to organisations that want to develop an effective way to manage their contingent labour. However, you don’t need to take up fishing to learn how to manage your talent better, nor learn the art of tickling trout. IQN will enable you to land the perfect ‘fish’ every time.

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