Sometimes recruiting is just being in the right place at the right time. Oh, I know, it's lots of work and we have to be good with people, no fear of rejection, yada yada. But some days you just have to shake your head and thank your lucky stars that there is such a thing as pure dumb luck.
It's only Wednesday but so far I've had two insanely lucky breaks this week. Scenario #1 - after WEEKS of sourcing for a very tough to fill purchasing role I got a hit from a LinkedIn connection. Did the phone interview, secured the candidate's interest and submitted to my hiring manager. He's not a "slam dunk" fit on paper but based on my conversation I felt he was definitely a contender. Today one VP emails another VP (who happens to be my hiring manager's boss) and tells her that a customer mentioned over a golf game one of his colleagues who is in purchasing, currently looking for work, and comes with a glowing recommendation from our customer. Now guess who that colleague is... that's right - my candidate.
Scenario #2 - after a few weeks of fruitless sourcing and only 6 applicants to this particular job posting, I decided to waste a little time on a major job board... not something I do often. This job is pretty technical and for one of our field locations so more challenging than most of my reqs. Plugged in a couple of key words and wouldn't you know it - a candidate doing the EXACT SAME JOB with one of our competitors popped up. He just posted his resume yesterday. I called him up, cleared his reasons for leaving (he's still employed), closed on comp and we're setting up an interview later this week.
Man, is this business easy or what. :)