When you think of the holidays, snowmen, hot chocolate, decorations and candy canes might come to mind. However to most hiring managers, the thought of recruiting during this busy season becomes a big headache. They assume that applicants are too distracted by the holidays to pay attention to their job search.
Don't get me wrong, the holidays are crazy busy for both managers and candidates, but that doesn't mean you should put a stop to your hiring efforts as soon as the first snowflake falls. In fact, we can give you reasons why hiring during the holidays is a smart idea.
Here are 5 reasons why this season is a great time to find top talent.
1. Take advantage of those holiday networking events
Right when you thought you couldn't possibly eat one more snickerdoodle, another holiday party is right around the corner. Look at these events as huge opportunities to connect with potential hires. Make the most of these frequent get-togethers--you never know, your next best hire could be waiting on the other side of the punch bowl.
2. Think about your hiring budget
Most companies create an annual budget for recruitment. Some budget cycles might fall on an abnormal month, but if it falls on the calendar year, hire around the holiday to ensure you make the most of your resources before dipping into next year's funds.
3. Candidates have more free time during the holidays
It's highly likely that the majority of your applicant pool has a few days off around the holidays. While some could be heading off to the Caribbean to escape Chicago's frigid temperatures, others will be at home continuing their job search. Take advantage of this time and bring these dedicated individuals in for an interview-before all those slackers who spent their time off laying on the beach come back.
4. You're more likely to get the best of the best
This goes hand in hand with number three. Those who are spending their days off and dedicating their time to the job hunt are the ones you want working at your business. This proves they truly have their heart and mind set on succeeding in your open position.
5. Benefit from their New Year's resolutions
We've all been there before. We hope that the new year will bring us greater success, money, contacts, etc...Many employees are hoping to kick off 2015 with a new gig. Think of it this way as well, maybe your employees decide to move on. You now have open gaps in your company. Capitalize on candidate's that are hoping for a fresh start in the new year.
To most, the holidays are a busy time that isn't ideal for hiring. Think outside the box and make the most of the recruitment advantages that this season has to offer.
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