The time between Thanksgiving and the first of the new year is traditionally challenging for recruiters. Prior to transitioning to a new role, candidates may prefer to remain in their present position or even take time-off while the kids are on winter break. For candidates who are looking for an immediate position, hiring companies often have budgetary constraints or they may not have the manpower for on-boarding, due to the increase of employee vacations during this time period.
As a recruiter, it's imperative to engage your candidates, so they are ready, willing and able to start at the right time, for all parties involved.
Here are 3 tips to uncover top talent during the holidays, while focusing on creating a positive candidate experience.
1. Begin your recruiting calls earlier. During the busy month of December, many candidates leave the office earlier for holiday parties, family commitments, PTO, etc. Catch them first thing in the morning, and you have a better chance of scheduling a phone interview. For those candidates you plan to move forward in the hiring process after the holidays, and early morning "check-in" call is the perfect time to stay connected.
2. Leverage SMS messaging (with candidate's permission), to stay in touch. Texting is a great way to send a quick reminder or check to see if it's a good time for a call. In today's mobile society, every recruiter should be obtaining their candidates' cell phone as early as possible in the relationship.
3. Snail mail is the new "competitive advantage" for recruiters, during the holidays. A great way to keep your valued candidates engaged this time of year is by sending a holiday card to his or her home. Consider including a small calendar or other personalized item, so your candidate will have quick-access to your contact information after the holidays.
Uncovering top talent during the holidays presents unique challenges, because it's such a busy time of the year for everyone. By making a few, common sense changes in your current workflow, you can keep your prized candidates engaged and ready to transition to their new position as soon as possible.
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