Not every candidate search requires a large national or international search firm. Often, the best candidates can be found in the surrounding community. Cultivating relationships with your local technical recruiting companies gives you many advantages.
Specialized technical recruiting companies like Expect are familiar with the local tech talent and business community, which helps when sourcing candidates from other companies that are either downsizing or closing their doors. At Expect we are always scanning the regional business reports to see who is hiring, and who is laying off employees. Picking up software developers from a start-up that lost its funding is a great way to hire new people.
Companies do not always need to look outside their city or state to find the best talent, in fact many small businesses are unable to relocate engineers and software developers the way large companies like Amazon do quite regularly. Local technical recruiting companies have a good grasp of the passive candidates in surrounding communities, which opens up the talent pool considerably.
Having a working relationship with a few trusted technical recruiting companies also pays off when you have short-term or long-term temporary staffing needs. It is more likely that a local recruiter will be able to find the right fit quickly, in some cases placing a contractor within a few days.
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