Magazine article Workforce Management

Feast and Famine in Recruiting

Magazine article Workforce Management

Feast and Famine in Recruiting

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The Insider

Increasingly uneven labor markets for professionals lead to ever-more divergent hiring strategies

Recruiting comes easy for Atlanta-based law firm Alston & Bird.

More than 16,000 applications flowed in for 200 openings in 2005. The firm employs 1,500 workers-700 attorneys supported by paralegals, IT specialists, legal secretaries and administrative staff-in five offices. Alston & Bird comfortably manages all staffing in-house with a firmwide recruiting staff of 17.

Recruiting does not come easy for Chicago-based accounting firm Grant Thornton, which is now pursuing passive candidates to fill 470 open positions, some of which date back six months. I he firm recruits with an inhouse stall 'of 60, up from 10 only three years ago. It's now hiring 10 new recruiters and tapping outside search and sourcing firms for help.

Grant Thornton employs 4,500 workers, primarily audit, assurance and tax professionals who are in short supply nationwide.

"This is where we leel the pain," says Monique Brannon, Grant Thornton's national director of recruiting. "We work the phones, direct source from the Big Four accounting firms and pull in employee referrals. With all of this work, we may net 10 to I 2 possible candidates. …

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