December isn’t just about festivities and mince pies; rather than waiting until January to bring new talent on board or seek out a new opportunity, by stepping up your recruitment efforts over the coming weeks you get a potentially advantageous head start on the competition.
Many people return from the festive break with landing a new role featuring high up on their New Year’s Resolution list - meaning that come January there will be increased competition for the best roles. Be quick off the mark and you could find that being one step ahead will see you land that dream job before others have finished brushing up their CVs.
Whilst waiting until January may seem like a smart move for employers as they may have a bigger pool of candidates from which to select from, it can mean that there will be more companies with the same idea. And with more job opportunities available, it increases competition between employers for the best candidates and could see a longer, more drawn out process of negotiation and counter- offers.
The run up to Christmas can see potential candidates have more flexibility in being able to attend interviews if they have annual leave accrued that needs to be taken before the end of the year. And many employers also find that they are able to make time more readily to arrange meetings with candidates as some day-to-day pressures are taken away with people looking to wind down in the run up to the festive break.
Time off during Christmas and into the New Year can also be advantageous in terms of notice periods as a proportion will be taken up with holiday and business shut-down meaning that a candidate could be in the ideal position to start a new role a matter of a few short weeks into the start of the year.
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