The Ladders Begins Offering Sourcing Service

With the latest Business Roundtable survey of CEOs saying 39 percent of America’s biggest companies plan to hire in the next six months, recruiters can be forgiven for thinking of it as a mixed blessing.

On the one hand, recruiters get to have fun again, doing what they do best: recruiting workers. On the other hand, it means downsized staffs will have to cope with increased workloads.

Today, The Ladders, the job board for $100k minimum jobs, begins offering its contract customers a sourcing service that promises to deliver at least five, and up to 10, best-fit candidates within 48 hours.

Operating out of the company’s New York City offices, talent specialists will comb through the 4 million+ Ladders resumes to find the best matches for a particular req.

Alexandre Douzet, Ladders co-founder and president, told me last week in a pre-release briefing that FitFinder, as the program is called, was developed to help recruiters save time. For the last six months FitFinder was tested by several Ladders clients. After more than 2,000 searches, Douzet said the feedback was that the process works. Three out of four candidates were highly rated, while the 48-hour turnaround target time met client needs.

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FitFinder doesn’t just match candidates to reqs. Douzet said the talent specialists consult with the recruiter — and sometimes with the hiring manager — to get a better understanding of both the position and characteristics of the desired candidates.

I asked Douzet if in the testing there had been any reqs with no suitable candidates. One, he said, explaining it was such a specialized type of job that there were few qualified workers anywhere. It won’t be often, says Douzet, that the talent specialists come up empty-handed. The Ladders’ 4 million resumes account for 25 percent, he said, of the 16 million high wage earners in the U.S.

John Zappe is the editor of and a contributing editor of John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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