In This Hiring Environment Speed is of the Essence

by Brian Skory

I’ve always been fascinated with how dynamic the recruiting industry is. At the start of a year, there might be an abundance of candidates and a shortage of jobs. Blink, and suddenly things have switched and there are more jobs than you’ve seen in ages, but a shortage of candidates. And then for a period of time there might be plenty of both, and suddenly both dry up for a spell. The only thing I can be certain of is that however it currently is, it won’t stay that way for long.

At the time of this writing, recruiters are finding themselves with plenty of open positions and not as many candidates looking as before. The positive side of this for job seekers is that there won’t be as much competition for the open roles. Hiring managers, however, will perceive the current climate as producing something of a talent shortage—and as such, the race will be on between companies as they scramble to hire the candidates they are interviewing before they get snatched up by the competition. What this means for you as the job seeker is that good positions will often come and go in the blink of an eye. Here’s what you’ll have to do to maximize your success in this type of an environment:

  • Respond to job postings quickly. If you see something you are interested in, get your resume submitted immediately.
  • If an interview is requested, do whatever you can to accommodate the hiring manager’s schedule. If you can’t accommodate their schedule, they will likely move on to the next candidate so as to keep the hiring process moving along.
  • Return all phone calls and email correspondence as soon as possible. Again, if there are perceived delays getting responses from a candidate, managers will likely move on to the next candidate in the queue.

Although “slow and steady” often wins the race, sometimes there is simply no substitute for plain old speed. Our current hiring climate is one of those times. Follow the steps above and maximize your chances of getting hired in this hiring environment.

As always, we at Stout Systems are interested in hearing how your job search is going. Feel free to drop us an email at
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