Recruiting in specialized areas presents unique challenges. In the competitive landscape of today’s job market, finding qualified talent becomes even more daunting when focusing on niche recruitment.

Whether you’re seeking a candidate for a DEI role, a position with stringent location requirements, or a specific industry or role, creativity and a strategic approach are key.

This post delves into the world of niche recruitment and specialized hiring, offering insights and strategies to help you succeed in your search for the ideal candidate.

Check out a video on this topic with our SVP of Customer Success, Kirk Kameg!

Look for Industries With Similar Skill Sets

No matter how niche your industry is, there are people in other fields with similar skill sets.

For example, say you’re looking for a chief technical officer for a utility company. Of course, your first guess would be to look for someone with deep experience in this industry.

But oftentimes, it can be hard to find a large enough pool of candidates, which may hurt the quality of your final hire because you didn’t have enough options.

Instead of limiting your search to this industry, you could look for someone with experience as a chief technical officer in a related business, like at a civil engineering firm. Many of their skills will be transferrable and it greatly opens up your talent pool, which will lead to a better hire.

Think About Which Skills Are Hardest (or Easiest) to Train for

Hiring managers and executive teams often want to hire a candidate that won’t require any training. But for niche roles, you may have to bend a little here.

Oftentimes, with a little creativity, you can find a candidate that will only require minimal training. To find these candidates, focus on the skills that will be hardest to train for, or are hardest for someone to learn on the job.

For example, say you’re hiring commercial lenders for your bank.

Do you want to hire an amazing salesperson who knows better than anyone how to close but needs to be trained on banking…

Or someone who knows banking inside and out, but can’t close to save their life?

Any hiring manager worth their salt would pick the first! You’d be surprised how quickly the right candidate can learn the industry and start producing.

Rethink What You Really Need From a Candidate

Another obstacle in many niche searches is unrealistic or excessive job requirements. Arbitrary degree or experience requirements are a top offender.

Does your candidate really need 10 years of experience? What if they’ve delivered phenomenal results with only 8 years of experience?

Think about which skills are VITAL for achieving results on the job. A great example is a hiring manager who was looking for a leader who was experienced with using video to communicate with their teams.

While that’s a valuable skill, it’s far from the only way to communicate with teams. In this case, it may be more worthwhile to focus on finding a candidate with great communication skills rather than limiting your talent pool.

If you’re serious about addressing these challenges and more, schedule a call with us today to learn how we help Fortune 500 organizations meet their talent goals.