Best Month to Hire
With the year winding down and the holiday season fast approaching, many offices tend to slow down on recruiting once December hits. But if you have a role to fill, it’s important not to put it off until January.
In fact, there are several reasons why December is one of the best months to hire new recruits! Here are four reasons why you shouldn’t wait:
Beat the rush
In January, recruitment firms get inundated with new resumes. More applications may sound like a good thing, but it is that much harder to pick out good candidates from the bad.
Not only that, there are more companies hiring in January. This means that by the time you do find the right candidate, they might already have a secured position with another company!
Find better candidates
Candidates who are looking for work in December have different motivations than those who wait until the New Year. Applicants who wait until January may be in a rush to secure a job due to financial stress from the holidays. That means they are more likely to apply to and accept roles that are not the right fit for them or for your company.
For this reason, you can avoid wasting company time and resources simply by hiring in December instead of January.
Start the year off on the right foot
Even if you don’t have it in the budget to bring a new hire on board until January, that doesn’t mean you can’t source and hire candidates in December with a start date for January! Instead of scrambling to fill a position at the beginning of the year, end the holiday season knowing you already have a star player lined up to kick off the new year.
Be better prepared for unforeseen staff changes
December tends to be a popular month to resign. Don’t be surprised if one or two of your current staff members decide to part ways just before Christmas.
It’s an attractive time to quit because people enjoy having a few weeks off over the holidays to spend time with friends and family, before they start looking for a new job in January.
Obviously, the best time to hire is when you need staff. But it’s just as important to look ahead and anticipate staffing needs before they become urgent. If you foresee that you may need staff for the New Year, don’t wait!
However, end of year operations can be a very busy time for a company. We can help you find and vet candidates so that you can focus more on closing the books for 2018. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help with your staffing needs!