When it comes time to fill an open job position, proactive companies don’t just wait for qualified applicants to come to them. They may already have a list of people they’d be interested in hiring. But how do you start a conversation with someone who’s already employed? Couldn’t that be seen as the dreaded “poaching”?
Poaching gets a bad rap, likely because the name is a reference to illegal hunting practices. But poaching talent isn’t illegal. In fact, in some industries, it’s remarkably common. If you’re seeking an employee with a very specific, technical skill set, it makes sense to look at whom a competitor has working for it.