What's A Talent Network And Why Do I Want One?

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John F. Martin/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesChrysler technicians secure the hood on a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
By Susan Ricker

Think about calling "dibs" on the front seat on the way back from the grocery store, or placing a quarter on the pool table. We have plenty of ways to express to others, "I'm next." And now there's a way to do the same for a job you want or a company that you'd love to work for.

A talent network is a career-focused website that a company sets up to list its currently available jobs, as well as positions and departments within the company. By joining a company's talent network, you're telling the human resources department there, "I'm next" for a desired position or department opening. And once the position becomes available, that company will turn to its talent network to fill the job.

Not only is it easy to sign up, there are also plenty of benefits to joining a talent network. Learn about the perks, why it works and which companies are hiring right now -- and also welcoming you to join their talent networks.

What's good for the company is good for you
A company's main goal is to function as smoothly and efficiently as possible. However, when it has vacant positions (especially for an extended period of time), it loses both money and productivity. This means that having access to a pool of qualified candidates as soon as a position becomes open, or even before, becomes extremely valuable to the company.

For instance, Cardinal Logistics was looking to add additional truck drivers to their team and reach more qualified talent. Within six months of creating a talent network, they had filled multiple positions and now have a network of interested candidates who will be among the first to hear about new opportunities with their company.

Another example is Precision Resource Company, which had been having trouble catching the attention of top talent. A talent network allowed them to fill many gaps in their recruitment strategy and also reach more qualified job seekers with a faster time-to-hire. Not only do they have a stronger team now, they also have a pool of potential hires that can be used to keep their team strong when jobs open up.

Companies hiring this week
Whether you're looking for a job right now or browsing future opportunities, check out these companies that are hiring right now and also have talent networks to connect with job seekers for future positions. Look for the "Join Our Talent Network" button found on the jobs page or homepage to sign up.

1. Apple
Sample job titles: At-home adviser -- AppleCare, AppleCare at-home team manager
Click here for their talent network

2. Chrysler Dealers
Sample job titles: Experienced automotive sales representative, automotive technician, automotive warranty administrator, automotive service adviser
Click here for their talent network

3. The Computer Merchant Ltd.
Sample job titles: PC support technician II, project manager, accountant, software developer
Click here for their talent network

4. Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc.
Sample job titles: Registered nurse, director site quality and compliance, associate quality engineer, desktop support technician
Click here for their talent network

Japan Fast Fashion
APA salesclerk arranges displays at a Forever 21 store.
5. Forever 21 Inc.
Sample job titles: Assistant store manager, visual merchandiser, stock manager, head cashier, driver -- distribution center, warehouse associate
Click here for their talent network

6. Hudson Global Resources Management Inc.
Sample job titles: Service associate, distribution center associate/driver, bookstore associate, supervisor
Click here for their talent network

7. Humana
Sample job titles: Field care manager, quality engagement nurse, provider group engagement manager, hospital contracting executive, pharmacy consultant, compliance manager, medical record retrieval specialist
Click here for their talent network

8. Molina Healthcare Inc.
Sample job titles: Director healthcare services -- operations, implementation analyst II, quality improvement specialist, provider contract specialist, manager healthcare services II
Click here for their talent network

9. Panda Management Company Inc.
Sample job titles: Field human resources manager, restaurant manager, service and kitchen team
Click here for their talent network

10. Questpro
Sample job titles: Regional project manager, senior casualty adjuster, administrative assistant, public entity underwriter, account executive, senior project manager/director
Click here for their talent network

11. Sonic Automotive
Sample job titles: Automotive dealership controller, BDC internet sales agent, used car sales consultant, body shop technician, GM certified technician
Click here for their talent network

12. Sterling Crane
Sample job titles: Engineering technologist, crane and rigging supervisor, maintenance supervisor, senior computer support technician
Click here for their talent network

Residents and staff of Sunrise Senior Living of Cardiff
FlickrResidents and staff of Sunrise Senior Living of Cardiff.
13. Sunrise Senior Living
Sample job titles: Reminiscence care manager, care manager -- care giver, LPN medication care manager, life enrichment manager, lead care manager
Click here for their talent network

14. World Travel Holdings
Sample job titles: Associate editor, android developer, customer care representative, partner brand marketing specialist, director of software engineering
Click here for their talent network

15. Worldwide Corporate Housing LP
Sample job titles: Inbound sales rep, manager -- customer fulfillment, guest service representative, manager -- revenue/eChannel marketing
Click here for their talent network

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