The Secrets To Recruiting One-Of-A-Kind Talent

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Posted by Matt Rivera

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May 5, 2014

Recruiting highly skilled, rarified talent is a major challenge in today's job market. In industries as diverse as life sciences, technology, and energy, advances are often achieved by Ph.D.-level or similar quality talent. Finding this talent is a near impossibility considering that individuals with these qualifications are most likely gainfully and happily employed in challenging careers.

These ultra-high-performing professionals also don’t respond to typical recruitment tactics. They value the scope of the challenge and the impact of their contribution above all else. With this in mind, RPO providers maintain specialized recruitment processes that can specifically target the world-class talent that drives the innovation engines of the world’s greatest corporations.Here are four insights into these candidates that Yoh’s recruiters have gained from successfully tracking down unique hires for a number of leading organizations  

Insight #1: Peer Recognition

YOH_Illustrations_glovesThey're motivated by internal and external peer recognition. These candidates work at the forefront of their fields and yearn for the accolades that accompany new discoveries, inventions, and insights.

Takeaway: Give them the limelight. Give them a pathway to publishing and make sure they speak to international peer sets.


Insight #2: Make it Challenging

YOH_Illustration-puzzle-pieceThey’re stimulated by the big challenge. These professionals bring broad vision to their field, mining possibilities that few others recognize.

Takeaway: Be bold. Set your sights on the biggest challenge that your industry faces and express your enterprise's curiosity and ambition to all-star talent.

Insight #3: Let Them Play

YOH_Illustration-shopping-cart-man_(1)They want to find answers to highly complex problems beyond current capabilities. In computing, these are the data engineers are making sense of terabytes of disparate information. In life sciences, these are the minds unraveling the riddles of cancer, aging, and improving the human condition. In technology, these are the scientific minds bringing forth quantum computing solutions that seem to defy the very laws of physics.

Takeaway: They’re always seeking out places where they can help accomplish something previously thought impossible, so give them a wide berth and big playing field.

Insight #4: Stimulate Their Minds

YOH_Illustration-man-gears_(1)They question, they disrupt, and they confront. These minds always ask why. They never settle for the status quo. They're constantly looking to optimize.

Takeaway: Don't sell the status quo. Be open to their ideas. Project your corporate culture as one accepting to outsiders and different thinkers. Position your company as minds equal to the challenge of constant innovation.

These candidates are founts of innovation prized by organizations world-wide, making them among the hardest to recruit. But the very reasons they’re so highly sought after reveal some of the keys to bringing them on board. Relying on our in-depth understanding of the psychology of these unique candidates has guided our success in securing even the rarest talent.


Topics: Recruiting Trends, RPO

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