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International recruitment consultancy Badenoch & Clark today threw a lifeline to employers looking to recruit during the downturn. As pockets of British business gain more confidence and see opportunities to recruit talent that would likely be unavailable in more prosperous times, employers are being faced with an overload of applicants, finding it difficult to unearth the genuine gems.
The number of applications per job has steadily increased during the course of 2009, with the market flooded with candidates. The range of skills and quality on the job market is vast, with many high calibre professionals being forced to find new roles. As many industry sectors look to the second half of 2009 with more confidence than they started the year, recruitment activity has begun to pick up again, but employers are finding it difficult to unearth the right skills fit.
In response to the difficulties many employers are facing, Badenoch & Clark has compiled an authoritative eight point guide to recruitment in challenging times. It brings together a range of best practice advice and expert insight, and provides a practical steer for organisations on how to recruit in the face of such a hectic employment market.
Neil Wilson, managing director at Badenoch & Clark, comments: Theres a perception among many employers that, because the market is flooded with candidates right now, recruitment has become easier. Now that increasing numbers of organisations are readying to start recruiting again, the reality theyre being faced with is quite different.
High quality candidates will always be in demand in any market. Its not enough to assume that because theyre in need of a new role, they will knock on your door and present themselves as the answer to your recruitment needs. Work needs to be put in, not only to find the right candidate but also to ensure your organisation and the role youre offering is an attractive prospect.
The danger of not doing this correctly is that an organisation panic hires that is, they hire too quickly in the face of a flood of applicants. Its a classic false economy as they would be missing out on the benefits of finding the absolute best person for the role.


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