Sunday, June 7, 2009

Where do I Find Candidates

I have worked in recruiting for 15 years now, and have always told every candidate who submits their resume or contacts me that I will keep them in mind for current and future positions. I think this is easy to say, good to hear, but not always believable. Having amassed a lot of resumes, referrals and contacts over the last five years for WineTalent, I was recently thinking about how I have found my recent hires. Here's what I have found.

In the last two years, about half of the candidates that I present to my clients come from ads I run and the other half are from a variety of sources. These sources include my professional networks, referrals from colleagues, job fairs and my database.

The candidates who ended up being hired were sourced many different ways. Several were from contacts I made over the years and finally the right position came up for them. Others were people I had talked to over many months or years, and then they saw an ad for a position I was recruiting on that they wanted to be considered for. Some hires were people who have submitted their resume in the past from an ad I posted, continued to check in with me over the years and ended up getting a different job through WineTalent. Additionally I have hired people that were referred to me by other qualified applicants. I have also placed people who years ago I met at a job fair.

As a recruiter I know that everyday I need to talk to people and find out who is looking for what position. I also continuously talk to my clients to find out what openings are coming down the line. I am checking in with people at various levels and keeping my ear out for any changes that may affect my clients or job seekers. By doing this, my database of great candidates has become a great tool for placing employees. It also allows me to say with certainty that I do keep all resumes under consideration, and perhaps one day the resume that came in my inbox will end up being the resume of the candidate who gets the job.

As a job hunter I think this is great information for your job hunt. While people always think that it is who you know, it is also what you do with what you have. If you are looking for a job, keep the hunt alive. If you are working with a recruiter, let them know you are still interested in being considered for other openings. Check in with your contacts from time to time to let them know you want to hear about any openings that might be out there. And look at all opportunities to meet recruiters and hiring managers--whether it be by responding to an ad, meeting at a job fair or doing an informational interview with a company. These options could lead to the job you get.


Anonymous said...

Hi Amy
I enjoy your blog posts and noted advice. I am wondering if you have recruiter connections in the chicago area that I may tap into? I am somewhat new in the field of hospitality and would specifically like to focus my search in the area of wine industry. Obviously we don't have the abundance of wineries in this area so positions most likely would be on the sales end of things. Any suggestions?
Kathy S

Amy said...

Dear Kathy,
Thanks for the post. While I don't have any specific names in the Chicago area, I would recommend you keep an eye on and there is a website that might be helpful. There are several midwest recruiters who specialize in hospitality in all areas, wine, beer and spirits. That might be an area to research on the web. Working in sales is an excellent way to get into the wine world, as is hospitality in hotels. Working within a restaurant with a good wine program or a wine retail shop are also ways to break into the industry. Good Luck, Amy

Unknown said...

If I have learned anything from my transition into the wine industry is that patience is a core requirement. The economy has impacted every sector and there are more job seekers than job opportunities. However, the encouraging thing is that many sales and marketing skills can and do translate into great Wine Industry jobs.

For me it has been all about networking within the industry as much as possible. Recently I have been attending hospitality events held by several Napa/Sonoma wineries. These are events specifically catered towards wine industry professionals and are held after normal business hours. These are FUN parties, (bring a bottle to share!) but are also great networking opportunities as well. These social interactions can introduce you into another winery a whole lot better than any resume.

Amy said...

Thanks for sharing your experience. Networking is always a key part of any job hunt. It may not seem like your networking is getting you anywhere, it does have a way of working in the long run. So keep it up and Good Luck. Amy