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An average of 15% of the entire workforce is actively trying to find a new job at any given time. In addition, approximately 73% of most working American’s agree that there are always new, better jobs out there and would consider other opportunities if presented to them. So what then does the term active candidate vs passive candidate mean, and how does it affect recruitment agencies and temp agencies? Is one type of candidate better than the other? Let’s find out.

Active candidates vs Passive candidatesAs we mentioned earlier, only a few people, in the active workforce (around 15%), are actively looking for a job. They are actively interested in the prospects of getting a better job and have resumes posted online or are checking the job boards often. The active candidate will also contact staffing agencies or recruitment agencies in order to see if there are potential opportunities available.Passive candidates, on the other hand, are people that are not actively looking for a new job (around 85% of the market). They are busy with their current workplace and don’t have that much interest in the job market to begin with. Basically, recruitment agencies or temp agencies will post ads online that might interest them, but these candidates won’t ever see or reply to these job opportunities because they are too busy being productive for their current employer. Yet, they are still candidates because they might be interested in the opportunities offered by a new job if properly presented to them.

Which are better?

Usually a company will go to temp agencies, staffing agencies and recruitment firms in order to find the best people to hire, but while active candidates are very easy to attract, the passive ones will require a lot more time, resources and convincing.

That’s why many companies tend to consider the passive candidates as being more valuable and with a lot more to offer when compared to the active ones. Reason being is that active candidates usually have a reason behind why they want to leave. While several reasons may be positive in nature, many can involve issues at work, or that they lost their current job already or they are underperforming. Whereas, passive candidates may seem content with their present situations and typically have less present conflicts.They are typically busy performing and not concerned with looking for another opportunity until one is actively presented to them. Because of this, most companies have found a much higher success rate hiring candidates that come referred by internal employees, or candidates they obtained through recruiting firms, temp agencies or staffing agencies. The really good firms in the recruitment space will specialize on finding, evaluating and attracting the top tier of talent in the market place and this pool is usually targeted from the non-jobseekers.

While hiring firms, in the recruiting space, to get the attention of passive candidates can be a more expensive proposition for most companies, there’s no denying that the results can be worth it. Just think about how costly making a bad hire can be to an organization. The amount of resources that go into hiring, on-boarding, training and then the drain on internal morale can be far more expensive than paying experts to get it right from the start. While both active and passive candidates can be very good, it all comes down to finding the right partner to help fulfill your search needs, while targeting the best talent available.

About Recruitment Intelligence™ 

The Recruitment Intelligence™, a division of ARC Group, provides a solution that empowers companies by giving them access to the 85% of candidates not actively seeking employment (passive candidates). Clients receive a full report that compiles real-time market analytics including salary and benefits data, both on a local and national scale, as well as recorded video interviews of qualified candidates. Our research based talent mapping solution is perfect for companies of all sizes and is a refreshing alternative to typical Recruitment Agencies. We handle searches in all major cities, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Boston, New York City, Washington, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, etc. No matter what your hiring needs, we can help you secure the talent you would never get access to through running ads alone.

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