The Snowball Effect…
Christmas time is a time of cheer and wine and I for one love the festivities. Lost in the midst of fun and festivities there is one thing I can’t get my head round; Why do 90% of companies seem to ease off on Recruitment mid-way through December? I’m sure there will be people out there that feel the same!
Now I know the market quietens off a little bit. There are festivities and fun things going on. And yes, this may affect a hiring managers availability. But as far as I can see, no matter what time of the year it is, candidates are still open to the 'right' opportunity. People aren't going to ignore an appealing job if it is dangled in front of them, simply because they’re busy putting up the Christmas tree!
The other 10% of companies that keep recruitment flowing are working smart. They are cutting out the competition without even having to change their process. I’m lucky that most of my clients have this same ethos (you know who you are… ) and I am always pushing this vision out to my clients who don’t see things this way.
"Timing is key"
Here's something to think about... The sole reason there is an influx of candidates to the market in January is because people have had some time off to refresh rethink and re-evaluate. They then realise that they need a change.
Now, this another thing that confuses me. Why wait until January to market positions and get additional resource (recruiters) to work the roles. It's during the Christmas holidays when people have their annual leave, that they are likely to find time to search for a new role. Once the 2nd of January hits, it's full steam ahead. Wouldn't it make more sense to keep the recruitment drive going throughout the holidays? Getting that timing just right. Accessing the market when everyone else is focused on different things?
Now I don’t want to sound like Scrooge and I want all my friends, family, clients, contacts, colleagues etc… to have an enjoyable time. But what a blessing it would be to come back from Christmas with the right hires already secured and working their notice, wouldn’t that be the best Christmas present of all?! Rather than the alternative, which is fire up the recruitment process again in January and be up against every other company that didn’t recruit smart and lay the groundworks in December?
I’ll leave you with this… In such a competitive market, why behave in the same way as your competitors.
Some food for thought. I’d love to hear people’s views on this…