Proactive vs Reactive vs Just in time vs Pipelining!!
So one thing I have been hearing a lot of is Proactive vs reactive vs just in time vs pipelining. Or more specifically what do they mean. So here we go;
Proactive; when someone, usually a staffing professional, proactively goes out and searches for candidates.
Reactive; when the only thing done to find candidates is you advertise or place your job description someplace it will be seen. Usually in this case no one is in a big hurry to fill the position.
Reactive; when the only thing done to find candidates is your advertise or place your job description someplace it will be seen. Usually in this case no one is in a big hurry to fill the position.
Just in Time; this means you wait till you have a need
Pipelining; to find candidates they meet both current and future needs
So what does it all mean? Well if you are using mainly proactive staffing you are out their looking, trying to proactively find the best and brightest.
If you are using reactive staffing, you are not being proactive, instead you post and wait for someone to come to you. This is usually a byproduct of hiring managers not being in a hurry, or not wanting to be bothered.
Just in time staffing means you wait till there is a need and then try to find it. This is very prevalent in the business world
Lastly is pipelining, this is when you recognize a continuing need or forecast an upcoming need and start looking in advance.
Now which is best? That depends on the situation. Which should you use? Again depends on the situation. However in a healthy, thriving company with a good staffing function you should be using at least 3 of the 4. Mainly it will be Proactive, just in time and Pipelining. The 4th reactive is not a good thing. It is usually is a sign of a problem within the company.
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