Although employers are having difficulty in finding specialized talent and staying competitive, 43 percent of employers continue to recruit for potential job candidates before positions are even available, according to a new CareerBuilder survey.

Among the respondents, another 72 percent say continuous recruiting has lessened their time-to-hire, and 41 percent of respondents say it has cut an average of at least three weeks. Another 41 percent say continuous recruiting has reduced cost-per-hire, and 22 percent report a savings of $1,000 or more per hire.

This is especially helpful to employers because many are struggling to find talent. In fact, according to Hope Gurion, chief development officer at CareerBuilder, more than one in four employers have open positions that are not being filled because they can't find qualified job candidates.

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