Why you need to hire in December

Date: Monday, 19th November, 2018

As with most things work related there is a quieting down towards the end of the year, especially recruitment, but it should be the optimum time and here’s three reasons how hiring in December can actually help you.

Get ahead of your competition

There’s a common thought-process (often misguided) when hiring new talent that anyone would be lucky to work for you. You’re doing the world a favour by having a job vacancy.

Ok this may be true, you might be a great business to work for, but unless you’re Google or Apple, Joe Bloggs won’t know that. They don’t know you as being any better than your competitor, so what reason do they have to join you?

By hiring in December, there’s at least one reason… you are hiring now. Most of your  competitors are waiting until January, due to winding down in the festive season.

Hiring in December means you will avoid the January dogfight when businesses start hiring again and because of the abundance of jobs, the candidates get their pick, and you might have to offer more money to entice them… more so in January than the rest of the year; up to 10-15% more, in fact.

 

No time wasting

Did you know, it also takes up to 5-10 days longer to hire in January! By hiring in December you free up the start of the new year to do business, rather than carrying out interviews.

Additionally you’ll save even more time because you won’t be wasting January training new employee, hopefully, they will have picked up the job in a relaxed, pre-holiday environment. You can even invite them to the Christmas do, get them to know the team in an informal setting. No better time to get to know your new colleagues in an informal setting it sure beats those January blues.

Make your life easier

Statistics show that job applications are 3% higher in November and December. The reason being that people tend to have more free time, with work winding down.

That’s more free time on social media and the web – meaning it’s more likely they will see your job advert, have time to take your calls and time to interview.

It is also a time of excessive spending – shopping, travel and parties. Some may start to reconsider their financial situation and the need for a better paid job.

And if you think job seekers will be too busy swigging mulled wine and opening presents to bother with recruitment, think again, applications are made on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day!!!Get your 2019 off to a flying start, get hiring now.If you need any HR advice on, attracting, recruiting and onboarding, get in touch today.

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