In the war for talent, are you sitting comfortably behind the castle walls or conquering new territory? If you’re going to start storming the gates of your competitors, in my Game of Thrones-inspired metaphor, you’ll need the best and brightest on your side. The top talent who can help you build your company into a force to be reckoned with might not have gotten the memo to move nearby. Hiring locally just doesn’t cut it anymore.
If you’re only looking for talent in your own backyard, you’re missing out. Just because you’re missing this top talent doesn’t mean your competitors are as short-sighted. Many recruiters and hiring managers will turn away out-of-state candidates as soon as they see an unfamiliar zip code. If your company doesn’t see talented candidates out of the area as worth the time, those candidates will get swept up by someone else. In the war for talent, now you’re losing.
Times are changing and the conventional wisdom no longer applies. With over 8 percent unemployment, many candidates are giving far-flung companies a try. This could be the best time for you to get in on the ground floor of finding the top talent no matter what their geographic location might be. So let’s break down some of the common myths regarding long-distance candidates: