As far as metaphors go, the fishing industry is an especially apt one for direct sourcing. Situated between job seekers on one side representing the fish, and talent seekers on the other representing the markets looking to acquire fish, direct sourcing provider Opptly is a little like that guy in the yellow slicker at the boat’s helm—stalwart and determined, deciding which fish to target, where they’re most likely to be found, and what bait is going to best attract their attention.
Bear with us as we continue to push the metaphor to help explain why direct sourcing is the most exciting development in the staffing industry since the emergence of VMS and MSP companies in early 2000.
Imagine you’re the owner of a restaurant. You need a steady supply of fresh seafood. Sure, you could work with a fish farm (in this example, a staffing agency), having them provide what you need on an ongoing basis. But that farm/firm may be limited in what they can supply. Plus, you’re likely to be getting the same kind of fish, and that might keep you from finding talent with new or expanded skills that can take a role—and sometimes a business—in exciting new directions.
You could bring your sourcing in-house by hiring a team of anglers. That would give you more hands-on support, but when your need is for a steady, high-volume supply of talent (particularly a contingent workforce), you have to ask if that’s the most cost-effective and/or efficient way to go about it.
Partnering with a professional fishing operation (ahem, Opptly) is going to offer you the fastest, most successful results. Here’s why:
- We know what fish like. We’ve designed our whole approach around an understanding of the way today’s modern workers look for opportunities. News flash: it isn’t by filling out a paper application.
- We cast a big net. It’s a giant sea of talent out there, especially now that remote working has broken the limitations of geography. Opptly has built our own public talent communities, and we can create private, branded talent pools specifically for organizations.
- Our fishing equipment is high-tech. Using sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI), we rapidly sift through massive amounts of skills data and experience criteria to build a highly targeted list of qualified candidates.
- Our experts pull the prime catches. Applying the power of AI is just part of Opptly’s sourcing effort. Once we have that initial screening of candidates, a curating team applies their expertise to bring only the most promising talent to the top, often finding refreshing, out-of-the-box candidates.
Okay, you’re probably ready for us to move on from the fishing thing. Today’s talent are not fish. They’re people looking for satisfying, good paying work. Companies that thoughtfully engage with them through a hiring process that better reflects the way in which they engage with technology will reap the rewards of more diverse, higher quality candidates. We believe that direct sourcing is the very best way to do that.
We also firmly believe that not all direct sourcing platforms are equally effective. That’s why Opptly spends so much time thinking about and refining the hiring experience on both sides of the equation. By doing the heavy lifting of finding ideal matches through a combination of advanced technology and human expertise, we aim to respect the time of today’s busy workers as much as the people looking to hire them. Because a rising tide lifts all boats. Hold on—that’s mixing metaphors, but you get the idea.
If you’ve got workforce needs—contingent or other—and you haven’t started exploring direct sourcing, we have a lot more we can share, including our online webinar library and overview whitepaper, where you can learn the basics about direct sourcing from the comfort of your desk.
Got questions? Want to see a demo? Get in touch. We promise to make it fruitful.