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Jen Klein

Jen Klein is the senior manager of talent acquisition at CDW, a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government, education, and healthcare.

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Engaging Hidden Job Candidates in Today’s Job Climate

by Aug 24, 2011, 5:58 am ET

According to Moody’s Analytics, nearly 148,000 tech jobs will be created in the U.S. by the end of 2011. Surprisingly, the biggest hiring challenge many technology companies face is that many of the industry’s most talented professionals aren’t actively looking for new jobs. Gone are the days of shuffling through hundreds of resumes of potentially qualified candidates. Today’s savvy companies are proactively pursuing the industry’s top talent on sites like LinkedIn, BranchOut, and ZoomInfo. Now more than ever, hiring managers need to be highly networked and engaged in their area of specialty in order to get to know the best of the best.

Developing strong relationships with passive candidates is particularly challenging because you must engage them in a dialogue they aren’t necessarily interested in having. Creativity is king when it comes to designing your strategy for attracting passive talent.

Here are some techniques I have used to differentiate CDW’s recruitment efforts, and engage the most talented passive candidates: keep reading…