Across the IFS candidate pool, there are certain roles and skillsets better suited for an IFS contractor than to a permanent staff member (and vice versa, of course). For some clients, this can be daunting – contractors command a higher fee than permanent staff, and they’re with the business for less time to repay that investment.
All the same, when you have a project with a tight deadline requiring a specialist to hit the ground running, there’s no substitute for a contractor. This goes double for many implementations – if your business is new to IFS, you don’t know what needs to be done and what pitfalls to avoid, and a seasoned IFS contractor can hit the ground running, assess the situation, and run the entire project, start to finish, without having to be told what to do.
That’s an incredibly valuable skill – but it’s also a rare one, and it’s in high demand, driving the value of the skill up even higher, and increasing competition for those who have it.
So what’s the best way to beat your competition?
There’s no single guaranteed strategy, nothing you can do that makes it a certainty you’ll get the candidate you want. However, there are a few tricks that can be used to improve your chances.
The biggest of these is in how you advertise. It’s an easy assumption, the kind that’s so obvious many don’t stop to think about it, that the big job boards are the best place to find an IFS contractor.
In fact, however, contractors rarely check the big job board as the kind of role they’re looking for is almost drowned out. Even with a specific search, many irrelevant jobs will be returned in addition, padding the numbers the board provides and making it more frustrating for these contractors.
However, most contractors have had the opportunity to network extensively. While a business that is new to IFS can’t directly tap that network, specialist recruiters use the same networks as a core part of their jobs. As a result, we can often identity candidates who match your desired job role quickly. We then act as a direct liaison, allowing you to make use of the trust we’ve built up within the industry.