Job vacancies that are difficult to fill

If you expect that the standard recruitment approach is not going to result in enough candidates, you can engage the services of the Additional Recruitment Department. In cases where additional recruitment has been used, two out of three job vacancies were successfully filled.

Recruitment solutions framework

Use this framework to select the recruitment solution that is right for your situation. You can also find out which actions will be required to start the process.

Launching additional recruitment

Start by making a target group analysis. This will focus on the needs of the target group. You can make this analysis by using one of the formats below. Discuss this with your HR advisor and ask any colleagues who have recently started working with you to also contribute ideas. Their input can often be quite valuable.

See how many of the the questions you can fill in about the target group and the proposition. Then email this format together with a general recruitment profile or job advertisement to recruitment [at], and cc your HR advisor.
On the basis of the information in the format, a recruitment colleague will advise you on which additional recruitment activities will be most appropriate. As a result of your input, a recruitment approach will either be proposed within a few working days or you will initially be requested to provide additional information.

Is the profile that you are looking for unavailable or not readily available on the labour market? Is what you are offering in terms of advancement or type of contract inconsistent with the needs of the target group?  Additional recruitment will then either be less effective or ineffective. If this applies to your vacancy, discuss it with your HR advisor first.

Additional recruitment versus an external recruitment agency

Sometimes the target group analysis reveals that it would be wise to outsource the additional recruitment to a specialised external recruitment agency. This could be an issue, for example, when it comes to scarce and highly specialised profiles. The information from the target group analysis will help you to get the appropriate agency to start working for you quickly and effectively. Your HR advisor can advise you in choosing an external recruitment agency.

Investing in additional recruitment

We do not charge for the time and energy that we invest in the development of your job advertisement campaign. However, availability is limited and we will exploit it as efficiently as possible. The costs for the additional investments that have been made for the production, use and purchase of media and resources, which have been agreed and approved by the vacancy holder, shall be borne by the relevant faculty or unit.


If you have any questions, please contact the Recruitment Department: 

+ 31 24 361 11 73

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