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Why Employers Should Use a Specialized Supply Chain Recruiter

As a supply chain executive, business owner or HR representative, you may have asked yourself the following question on more than one occasion, “Why should I use a supply chain recruiting organization?” In the supply chain discipline, it is difficult to find qualified talent to fill critical supply chain positions. While finding the correct candidate for your company can be a daunting task, specialized supply chain recruiting organizations like Optimum Supply Chain Recruiters has the network and experience to fill your critical positions quickly.

Difficulties Finding Qualified Talent 


recruiting organizations can help a variety of issues

With such an alarming shortage of qualified talent in the supply chain discipline, it is more difficult than ever for companies to find qualified talent. While recruiting organizations can help companies find the right candidate even during this talent shortage, they can also help companies with a variety of other recruiting issues. Issues include but are not limited to the following:

  • Wrong people in roles: Recruiting in the logistics discipline is often more complex and challenging than it is in other disciplines for a variety of reasons, including a lack of qualified candidates. Recruiters in the field face some industry-specific obstacles to hiring people. To hire successfully in the supply chain discipline, it’s critical to have the best supply chain recruiters on your team. It can take years to develop the network necessary to provide the right candidates. It can take equally as long for an effective recruiter to develop the understanding required to be successful at attracting candidates.

Recruiting in the supply chain industry isn’t simply another human resource function that can be left in the hands of anyone. It’s a specialty that should be performed by supply chain recruiting experts.

  • Too many touch points: Many organizations often have a hiring process that isn’t streamlined and includes too many touch points, which makes recruiting a frustrating experience for both job candidates and the people attempting to fill positions. To be successful at attracting talent, a company needs a streamlined recruiting process that includes a few touch points as possible, eliminating or at least reducing the frustration that accompanies hiring new management. Doing so also limits the chance of critical information or contacts falling through the figurative cracks in the process.
  • Lack of networking: As it is in many fields, networking should be an important component of your recruiting effort. Some executives question the benefit of sending their recruiters to APICS, CSCMP, WERC and other supply chain conferences and local chapter meetings, but the networking that takes place enables your recruiters to build relationships with other professionals in your industry. Over time, the relationships can evolve into a large network of referrals and leads.  Our recruiters are active in these organizations and have held executive positions on both a national and local level.

Investing in Recruiting Is More Important Than Ever

Addressing the barriers to successfully hiring new candidates may seem like a daunting task, but investing in recruiting is more important than ever, partly because of how long it takes to recruit prospective candidates.


only 44% of available jobs in the United States are filled within the first 30 days

According to an Indeed report, only about 44 percent of the available jobs in the United States are filled within the first 30 days. This is bad news for employers because there is a 57 percent chance that a job will remain vacant for three months or longer if it’s not filled within the first month it’s available.

Indeed’s report also suggests that a tightening is occurring in the United States’ overall labor market, making things even more difficult for recruiters in the logistics discipline already grappling with a severe lack of talent. Compared to figures recorded in October of 2013, the percentage of positions that remained unfilled in the U.S. after 30 days rose by 0.8 percent by October of 2014.

Indeed’s analysis shows the percentage of job openings that remain open after three months in the transportation, warehousing and utilities sector is greater than the national average for all industries in 2013-2014, reaching a peak of approximately 50 percent during that time. If it takes too long to fill a position or several of them, it can have costly consequences for your business. It can reduce morale and increase your turnover, for example, which can cause you to spend more on recruiting overall. It can also cause your company to lose valuable working hours.

Advantages of Using Supply Chain Recruiters


advantages to employing a supply chain recruiter

There are significant advantages to employing a supply chain recruiting company to handle your hiring needs.

The benefits of using a supply chain recruiter include the following:

  • Saved time: Using a supply chain recruiter saves you time because the recruiter manages the hiring process from beginning to end, freeing up your employees to do other things. From creating job descriptions to reaching out to candidates to fill your vacant positions, a supply chain recruiter handles it all. Using a supply chain recruiter places the right people in front of you instead of unqualified individuals. It will also limit the amount of time spent interviewing prospects because your recruiter will have already weeded out the candidates who lack the credentials to fill an available job.


get access to qualified talent

  • Wider reach: When you work with a supply chain recruiter, it widens your reach. It gives you greater access to qualified talent, including many professionals who currently work for your competitors. An established, reputable recruiter will have access to a large database of individuals, which has taken years to create. A recruiter can draw from the database and identify prospective employees looking for new challenges and opportunities quickly.

An experienced recruiter understands both the obvious and subtle differences between different kinds of job candidates and knows how to approach them. Active job candidates comprise approximately 25 percent of the gainfully employed workforce in the United States. People don’t always begin to actively seek new employment opportunities because they’ve lost their jobs. Some job seekers are motivated to look for new opportunities because they’re worried that their current employer is unstable and may downsize or go out of business, while others search for new employment because they want to take on more responsibility.


Passive job candidates make up about 60 percent of the American workforce. A passive candidate is an individual who is currently employed and not searching for a new position. Even though passive candidates are not looking for new opportunities, however, it doesn’t mean they’re not interested in discussing them. In fact, the majority of passive job candidates are open to talking with a recruiter.

Proactive candidate sourcing is generally the most effective way to get passive candidates interested in making a change in employment. Working with a supply chain recruiter gives you access to both active and passive candidates. It will also introduce your company to the subset of passive workers who are considered super passive. While super passive candidates are content in their current roles and uninterested in a new job at this time, a recruiter can still establish a relationship with them and speak with them when an opportunity would make sense for them to discuss.

  • Candidates, not applicants: The hiring process involves several steps that are vital to hiring the right people. When you work with a supply chain recruiter, your recruiter will conduct preliminary interviews to see if applicants have the skills, talents and experiences listed on their resumes. Your recruiter will also see if an applicant’s work ethic and personality will fit your company’s culture.


it can take a lot of time and money to train a new employee

In general, it can take up to 80 percent of a position’s total salary and benefit costs to train a new employee to perform only the basics of their job. When someone leaves your company, it can cost up to 200 percent of the same costs to bring in a replacement. The statistics underscore the importance of finding the right people to fill your open positions, as well as the importance of interviewing qualified, pre-screened candidates instead of applicants who haven’t been fully vetted.

  • Increased confidence: The prospects you’ll eventually interview will have already undergone a comprehensive screening process and at least one interview with your supply chain recruiter, so you’ll have greater confidence with your final hiring decisions. Your chances of filling positions with the right people increase when you use a recruiter, which can maximize your chance for success.


working with a supply chain recruiter can benefit your company for years to come

  • Established relationship: If you choose to work with a supply chain recruiter, you’re establishing a relationship with an industry partner that can benefit your company for years to come.
  • Improved brand perception: The more you work with a supply chain recruiter, the more familiar the recruiter will become with your company’s culture and key executives. Your recruiter will gain a real feel for what it’s like to work within your organization on a daily basis. They can present your company as a preferred employer, which can help improve the way prospective employees perceive your brand. If a prospect sees something negative about your business on social media or hears something negative from a former employee and is reluctant to work for you, your recruiter can clarify the misunderstanding.
Why Optimum Supply Chain Recruiters Is the Right Choice


we have over 150 years of experience

Working with Optimum Supply Chain Recruiters establishes a lasting relationship with a reliable and knowledgeable industry partner that is dedicated to your company’s success. Our talented team of recruiters has more than 150 years of combined experience in supply chain, logistics and purchasing. Our vast experience enables us to work with employers in many industry sectors. We have the tools, contacts, knowledge and expertise to find, recruit and place the right candidates to fill your open positions.

Every day, we help our clients fill positons at multiple levels within their respective organizations. We recruit at the corporate, vice president, director, manager, supervisor and analyst level on both national and local bases. Optimum Supply Chain Recruiters is an industry leader when it comes to recruiting for the following industries, among others:

  • Apparel
  • Appliance
  • Beverage
  • Computer / Software
  • Consulting
  • Consumer Products
  • Biotechnology
  • Building Materials
  • Chemical / Metals
  • Cosmetics / HBA
  • Electronics
  • Food Manufacturer
  • Food Distributors
  • Grocery
  • Medical Supplies
  • Industrial
  • Office Equipment
  • Paper / Packaging
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Publishing
  • Restaurant Chains
  • Retail
  • Transportation Industry
  • Third Party Providers

Our list of services includes contingency recruiting, dedicated engagement recruiting, interim solutions and consulting and industrial staffing. We’re prepared to handle your recruitment needs, no matter what they are.


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We demonstrate our dedication to your success by getting the right people for the right jobs at the right times every day. To learn more about how our specialized services can help your business, contact Optimum Supply Chain Recruiters today.

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