1. End of Year Budgets
Occasionally large companies find that they have monies left over at the end of the year which have been allocated to headcount, so they need to get someone into the business quickly to secure the budget.
2. Get Ahead of the Competition
December is a great time to get ahead of the competition. Headhunters and recruiters are less busy and more relaxed as clients move into party season and are much easier to approach and connect with.
3. Deadline Looming
In September or October a role which starts at the beginning of January next year seems a long way off – when you get to December, you realise how few working days you have to get someone in place, you start moving very quickly and look at talent more laterally or bring in an interim. So any direct approaches will have more impact and individuals are more likely to be considered.
4. Time to Think
Between Christmas and New Year is a great time to be in the office and there are few interruptions and you can think more clearly around talent and needs of the business. A CV or covering letter may be noticed more easily particularly when others on holiday which causes gaps in the team.
5. Short of Resource
Project resource can be thin on the ground in the festive holidays, so you may need to bring extra resource into ensure the project happens on time.
6. Front of The Queue
Recruiting Managers and Hirers find it difficult to get hold of individuals at this time of year, so the fact that they can get hold you may mean you go to the front of the queue.
7. Great Time for Networking
Networking is one of the best ways of finding a job before it is advertised or put on the market at all. Christmas is a good time to pick up the phone, write a card or ask someone for a coffee. Also, there are many events where you can network.
8. New Year, New Career
Many individuals might be thinking of changing their career in the New Year, so they might consider you to fill their shoes.
Generally there is a positive and happy vibe in the air which means employers are likely to take your call or read your emails with festive cheer.
10. Surprise Projects
New and exciting projects often kick-off in January and sometimes managers start the recruitment process early. If you are available and can do the job - problem solved ...