July 21, 2017

How Home Improvement Relates to Talent Acquisition

My wife lets me do a small amount of home improvement. Things like general plumbing, replacing an electrical outlet, or painting: this is what I’m permitted to handle. When the job gets a little tougher, I have to admit it’s time to call in some extra support.

The question I’m often left with is this: I guess I could do this work myself, but should I? Is it too difficult? Are there too many other priorities? If I’m even asking myself these questions, it’s probably time to give the whole project to an expert. 

As I think about our work in talent acquisition, I often feel like the same decision tree I use for home improvement can apply to our clients.

  • You have a specific search that is critical to your business and is going to be a tough fill. Do you have the network of these people and the time to do it right? If not, it’s probably a good idea to get the dedicated effort of a search firm behind the project.
  • Your company is clinical stage and preparing to move to a commercial stage organization. Very few people in the organization have any commercial experience. A partner that really understands the space and has built numerous commercial teams could be a valuable asset.
  • A growth spurt is coming over a short period of time. The positions are in sales or manufacturing, so they aren’t terribly difficult. But you know the high volume, your other priorities, and a lack the resources will make it tough to meet the timeline. Again, it’s probably time to go find an expert to help you.  

When I have time and resources, and I’m confident in the work I’m doing, my home improvement project turns out pretty well, but I know there will always be projects were I need help. As you consider the talent acquisition strategy in your organization, understand where you’ll likely need some help and identify the right partners to get the job done right. 

Tags: recruiting, executive & professional search, pharma / biotech

Mike Gamble

Mike doesn’t fit the typical “sales guy” mold. At first blush he might be the last person you’d expect but he’s the best person to lead business development. With a background in science, he knows the industry and our clients’ business from the inside. With a quiet demeanor he’s a great listener, capable of really hearing and understanding the problem that needs to be solved. Plus, like his deep-seated passion for his sports teams, Mike has an unyielding loyalty to the relationships he’s built over the years, always staying in touch and connected.

Mike’s extensive staffing background and even his sense of humor help him infuse different ways of looking at situations, welcomed by clients and colleagues looking for a creative, collaborative solution.

Mike has nearly 20 years of experience designing comprehensive talent acquisition solutions for leading healthcare and life science focused organizations. In his role, he is responsible for leading the sales effort across TSP’s full suite of offerings. Prior to TSP, Mike worked for Yoh, a leading staffing and workforce solutions organization where he held various leadership and sales executive positions. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Ursinus College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University.

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