The Benefits of Reaching out to Frequently Overlooked Talent Pools

We are all guilty of using the same networks and the same tools to recruit similar types of candidates.

This isn’t a bad thing, the reason these techniques are so common is that they’re so effective and are able to get the job done. Working in recruiting is hard and there is a lot of pressure on you to succeed, so it only makes sense that you take the routes that are most traveled.

With that said, you shouldn’t be afraid to venture out and explore other tactics that can lead to a great candidate that you would never have met otherwise. Many workplaces suffer from having entire teams filled with employees with very similar backgrounds, and although this may prove to be effective for the moment, they’ll notice that their ideas and thoughts are very similar and that not as many people are thinking “outside the box”. Which you’ll find to be a common after-effect of frequently hiring from the exact same pools of talent.

Which is why it’s time you consider reaching out to more frequently overlooked talent pools.

  1. Older Employees

Older Employees

The financial crisis in 2008 saw many older employees with decades of experience get laid off without a moment’s notice. This put them in a peculiar position of feeling betrayed by the companies that they were so loyal to but also in need to find a way to makes ends meet quickly.

This led many older workers to become gig workers that bounced from contract job to contract job, hoping to put their talents to good use.

I know that many companies aren’t interested in hiring any independent contractors, but if you’re willing to give the arrangement a shot, you’ll find that seasoned professionals with decades of experience can be a very valuable asset to your company.

The best part is that you can simply bring them on whenever you need to. Also, hiring an independent contractor versus a full-time employee means you’ll be saving a great deal on taxes and benefit costs.

  1. Former Employees

Former Employees

I know that hiring a former employee may be a big no-no, but hang in there with me for a second.

A former employee is already familiar with your customers, operations, and system of procedures, along with also proving that they’re a fit for your workplace culture.

Not only that, but while they were away working for different companies, they picked up on strategies, tools, and tactics that can prove to be beneficial for your organization. This is especially true if they were off working for competitors or in similar fields.

Just make sure that there aren’t any hard feelings between the employer and the employee beforehand, as well as no issues with any of the current employees.

  1. Previously Rejected Candidates

You have entire pools of resumes of people that were interested in working for your company, why not go back through and see if any deserve a second shot.

Just because someone wasn’t a good fit for one position doesn’t mean they won’t be for another one, and the best part is that you already know who the candidate is and have at least had a few conversations to get a better understanding of their personality and work experience.

Just make sure that they don’t hold any ill feelings towards your company. 

  1. Long-Term Unemployed

Long-Term Unemployed

You may be quick to assume that their long stint without work may be a reflection on their work ethic or general prowess, but in reality, there are a million and one reasons why someone had to take an extended break from work.

Issues with family and health can easily sideline even the best of professionals for months or even longer.

Along with that, you know that someone that has been on the job hunt for a long time would be extremely thankful for the opportunity and will be more motivated to work harder to prove their worth.

  1. Hire for Soft Skills

If you’re hiring in highly specialized fields, then maybe soft skills may not be that important, but for everyone else, you should give it some serious thought.

Recruiters often make the mistake of searching through hundreds of resumes while only looking for very particular keywords. While this may be effective in knowing that the candidate has a grasp on the subjects necessary to be successful in the role, it doesn’t always predict that they’re going to be able to do it again in a new company.

A candidate with good experience and great soft skills, on the other hand, shows that they have the ability to learn and constantly improve by being able to collaborate and grow ideas with co-workers.


These overlooked pools can serve as a constant supply of professional talent if you do the research and use them to their full potential. Recruiting from the same places as everyone else can cause a lot of group thinking in the workplace and may lead to a drop in new ideas and ways of doing things.

Make sure to go through this list and pick out any techniques you think would be best for your organization.