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Flexibility and Urgency in Hiring

Date August 10, 2017 Comment Comments Off on Flexibility and Urgency in Hiring

Flexibility and Urgency in Hiring

It’s no longer 2009.  With unemployment rates hovering close to 4%, employers need to change their approach to recruiting talent.Workplace flexibility concept on the gearwheels

In the legal search business, we are seeing candidates who are being much more discriminating about what jobs they are willing to consider.  In certain areas of practice, notably corporate, real estate and IP, the attorneys and paralegals we are trying to recruit are commanding higher salaries than ever.

More importantly, some of the best talent we approach already have flexibility in their hours and they are not willing to give that up.  In 2017, the best talent wants and demands flexibility.  This is true for the attorneys and paralegals that we work with.

While most employers are not eager to have their employees coming and going, the reality is that our workforce is connected through smart phones and email.  In order to compete for the “best” talent, smart employers should be prepared to permit professional staff (and to the extent that it is consistent with the needs of the business, support staff) to spend a portion of their time working remotely.

I speak all the time to lawyers and paralegals who already have these arrangements.  If you thought hiring the “best and the brightest” was a challenge a couple of years ago, right now, it’s harder than ever to convince top talent to consider other opportunities.

Similarly, we are seeing that adding a sense of urgency to the hiring process is important in the war for talent.  When our law firm and corporate clients move quickly, they greatly increase their chances of getting the candidates they want.

While this has always been true, this seems more true than ever.  The Catch-22 is that most employers hire because they are too busy.  In the short run, the hiring process can exacerbate that problem.  But until the economy turns again, employers beware!  A long and drawn out hiring process may mean losing out on the chance to get the best talent.