End of year is often perceived as a dead zone for hiring. There’s an impression that hiring managers push off hiring until January to close the books on last year’s budget or to avoid the hassle of onboarding during the busy holiday schedule. Not to mention EOY deadlines and holiday vacations.
But that’s simply not the case. Savvy managers know this is a great time of year to look for talent.
Here at Betts we see a lot of clients coming to us at year-end looking to fill critical sales and people operations roles quickly.
End of year hiring is critical for a number of reasons:
- Getting people on-boarded and up and running in December, so they already have the tools and training so selling can start in January
- Top talent is often looking to start a new job in the New Year after closing out a successful Q4
- New hires can attend sales kick-off which typically happens in January
- Use-‘em-or-lose’em deadlines: If hiring managers don’t fill open positions before the New Year, they risk losing the open slots they had in the previous year
- Talent is often in a “New Year, new career” mindset
Both employers and talent who wait until after the first of the year could miss a golden opportunity. Typically, rock star talent doesn’t have much time on their hands as they are busy hitting goals and quotas, so holiday time is a great time to attract passive talent, who might have bit more time for an interview or casual coffee meeting.
In other words, use the holidays to your advantage to bring in top talent, and hit the ground running in the New Year.