According to the American Staffing Association, during the course of a year, America’s staffing companies hire nearly 16 million temporary and contract employees. Additionally, Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) forecasts U.S. temporary and contract staffing sales will grow 4% in 2017; search and placement sales are expected to increase 5% in 2017. We reached out to the best of the best in the industry to ask about the most difficult part of their jobs: Recruiting for hard-to-fill positions.

We asked, As an expert in staffing, what is your most creative tip, trick or hack to fill hard-to-fill jobs?Read the responses from the top experts:

“Call candidates at lunch or on their way home from work. When I reach someone in their car, they’re less inclined to get rid of me quickly. I recently filled a hard-to-fill position this way. When I asked the candidate (who was on his Bluetooth speaker in his car) if he was open to hearing about the opportunity, he responded by saying ‘as a matter of fact I am’.”

Dawn Swit, Founder, Next IT Staffing

“One strategy that I’ve found to be particularly powerful is to recruit in a contrarian manner by intentionally leveraging a bimodal strategy: New College Grads and Over 50. These two populations have exceptional talent, experience, innovation and those difficult to find skills. However, they are often (inadvertently) ignored by traditional recruiting approaches. While it can sometimes be more difficult to locate the talented folks, it is absolutely worth the effort for those difficult to fill positions!”

Dianna D. Wilusz, CEO/Founder, The Pendolino Group

“It’s all about developing and maintaining positive relationships with our employees and clients. Because we’re always proactively reaching out to our contacts, when a hard-to-fill job comes up we often already have someone in mind or know exactly who to call to help us find the right candidate. This approach is much more effective for us than being reactive, which typically means getting a job order and immediately spending money on advertising to promote the positions. The best advice we can give for filling challenging positions is to never clean out your phone contacts and to constantly network with good people.”

Brandon Downing, Regional Leader, BelFlex Staffing Network

Original article published by Kelly Love Johnson on January 31, 2017.  The complete article can found at: Jobs2Career.