Survey: How Difficult Is It to Find the Candidates You Need?


Sure, the unemployment rate has remained relatively high, but does that mean grade-A candidates are in abundance?  As you might expect, the answer to that question is “No.”

In fact, not only is it just as difficult to find those types of candidates now as opposed to before the Great Recession, but it might also be MORE difficult to do so.  Is that possible?  If so, how can it be possible?

But we digress.  Back to the first question: how difficult is to find candidates?  To get an answer, we posed the question to the Top Echelon Network Membership in the form of a survey in the Members’ Area.

That question was as follows:

How difficult is it to find the candidates your clients are looking for?


The choice of answers that were provided is listed below, along with the percentage of recruiters who selected each answer:

  • Just about impossible — 6.2%
  • Very difficult — 49.5%
  • Moderately difficult — 38.1%
  • Sometimes difficult — 6.2%
  • They’re easy to find! — 0.0%


Recruiter SurveyAccording to the survey results, over 50% of recruiters believe that it’s difficult to find the candidates for which their clients are looking, to say the least.  In fact, 49.5% chose “very difficult” as their answer, while 6.2% are of the opinion that it’s “just about impossible.”

Further down the scale, 38.1% of survey participants indicated that finding those candidates is “moderately difficult,” and 6.2% chose “sometimes difficult” as their answer.

Not a single recruiter selected “They’re easy to find!”  Perhaps that is more telling than anything else.


How difficult has it been for YOU to find the candidates that your clients want to hire?  Almost impossible?  Very difficult?  If so, why has that been the case?

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