Thursday, August 19, 2010

Always Recruiting

You know that the top sports team has a strong bench.  Well, a strong bench benefits these top teams in many ways.   The starters need a break during each game and when one becomes injured the team can't afford to replace them with a second rate player.  It's also very obvious that strong bench players push the starters to play better and to follow the coach's game plan.

Top teams are always recruiting better players for their team.  They keep notes on free agents and they scout college players for their farm team.

Why don't businesses follow the same strategy?  I find that in most cases, my clients begin recruiting when they have a position to fill.  80% of the time they either go without or scramble to fill the position with the wrong person.

I wonder why these companies aren't always subtly recruiting by keeping their radar up to spot great candidates.  The best time to recruit is when you don't have an opening to fill.