Four reasons to recruit new hires over the holidays

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As the holiday season approaches, recruiting slows for many organisations. What many decision makers don’t realise is that slowing recruiting efforts during this period could be a huge missed opportunity. We’re not talking about large scale recruiting efforts. This is the perfect time of year to focus on targeted recruitment for the top performers who usually don’t have time to respond to offers or calls timeously at other times of the year.

Why hire now?

1. Many companies start with their aggressive hiring plans come January. A stream of new job postings is almost certain at the start of the year as well as a lot of competition for top talent, so getting ahead of the curve can give you a competitive advantage.

2. You can onboard the new employee before the New Year so they can hit the ground running when it matters most. The end of the year is a great time to onboard and train new hires as managers tend to have more time to provide said training and familiarise new candidates with the workplace and team roles. This is also a very social time of the year for most of us, so these new candidates get a real taste of the company culture.

3. You have a ‘soon to expire’ recruitment budget. The pressure that comes with using these available funds can actually be the perfect motivator to help hiring managers make decisions about great candidates without delaying the process. This is not to say that the candidate has to start before the New Year, however you can bring them in for training over the November/December period so that they can start the New Year up to speed, and you don’t lose your budget. It’s a win win!

4. Psychologically, people are ready for change at this time of year. This makes recruiting them that much easier. Whether it’s the desire to have good news to share over the holidays or reflecting on the past year, this mind set can favourably influence a candidate’s decision. Moreover, almost all bonuses are paid out in December, reducing the financial incentive to stay in their current role.

Things to think about when making employment offers at this time of year (if your candidate is starting before the New Year) include offering to cover their 13th cheque/bonus or offering paid December leave that they’d be missing out on.

And remember, starting the recruitment process now doesn’t necessarily mean that the new employee has to start immediately. Brief us today on your requirements and get ahead of the curve! You can also check out our hot top talent this month to get started (linked below).

Angelique Burger | Training & Development Manager at DAV | | +27 11 217 0000 | +27 79 886 3323

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