Christmas Recruitment wrap-up.
It’s that time of year again. Time for a Christmas Recruitment wrap-up. The sound of jingle Christmas songs in the shops and fairy lights on the high street can mean downtime in activity as candidates and clients alike start to focus their attention on Christmas ham, BBQ parties and time out with their families. When should a recruiter switch off “selling mode” and instead embrace the festive season?
To tell the truth, I don’t think we do stop – we just change why and how we are doing it. I am not suggesting that we sit up on Christmas eve on Seek & LinkedIn posting jobs (although some of us will be) nor turning up online on Boxing Day.
It’s a great time to reach out! Let’s call it the “December Drive”
This is a great time of year to speak to individuals you haven’t updated with for a while – book in a January visit as a minimum to review a client’s needs, offer to take a client out to a Christmas or a January lunch as a thank you for all their time spent with you this year.
Think about adding that little bit extra value to your clients? A bottle of wine, nice chocolates or a selection of boutique cupcakes is perfect if you know that’s more their thing – it’s a small price but a huge gesture to your top clients, plus it makes you feel nice too! Make a list of first calls of the new year for those people who you haven’t managed to speak to before the holiday. Your goal is to have the first fortnight of the year booked up – if you do that likelihood is you are ahead of your competition.
Don’t just speak to your clients
Make time to speak to your supervisors, team leaders or boss! So, take a minute out to let them know you value their contribution. Take time to find out what they are doing for the holidays. Where are they going? What are they reading?
Remember time away from work for an undervalued worker, is an opportunity to job search. Let your great staff know they are great, valued and needed for the coming year’s challenges.
Take the time out to plan your recruitment year ahead.
Who can you see within your organisation that could be pushed to learn a new skill? Take on a new task? Be offered a new position? Where are your recruitment gaps? Look at your older employees and look at a succession plan. Christmas Recruitment time-out can help towards a great coming year.
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