The holidays are around the corner. But that doesn’t mean you should put a pause on hiring. Instead, now’s the time to keep on sourcing, recruiting, screening, and hiring. There’s less competition for top talent since other companies either hit their budget limit at the end of the year, or simply avoid hiring during this season.
For you, this means you can hire the best and the brightest, all with less competition. To help you do that, here are a few tips.
Best Practices For Hiring Around the Holidays
Tip #1: Promote your job opening on social media.
During the holidays, the use of social media skyrockets. In fact, according to one HubSpot report, it increases by about 50% between Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you have a job opening you need to fill; then your social media channels are the place to do it. Also, ask employees to post your company’s job openings to their own social networks.
Tip #2: Be flexible about start dates.
If you do hire a candidate during this time period, be flexible about the start date. People are often traveling or need time off for various reasons. When you’re flexible with your start date, you can attract the people you need while sending the message that work/life balance is a priority at your company.
Tip #3: Streamline the hiring process.
Evaluate your existing hiring process and look for areas where you can speed up or improve it. For instance, make sure you’re keeping candidates in the loop about what to expect during the process and also when the company closes for the holidays, so don’t worry if they don’t hear from you for a week. If you don’t keep them clearly informed, they’ll lose enthusiasm for the role and your company.
Tip #4: Get help from a staffing agency.
When you turn to a staffing agency, like OneSource Staffing Solutions, for help, you can find and hire the people you need, faster. We have recruitment experts in place during the holiday season and all year long to fill your job openings with skilled and hard-working people. We also offer temporary staffing and temp-to-hire staffing for your seasonal needs. Contact us today to get started.