The Surprising Benefits of Hiring During the Christmas Season


The Surprising Benefits of Hiring During the Christmas Season

Posted on 05 December 2023

​As the festive season approaches, many businesses may be tempted to put recruitment on hold. Many assume that candidates are too preoccupied with festivities to focus on job opportunities. However, this perception may be missing out on the untapped advantages that come with hiring during the Christmas period. In fact, December can be an opportune time for businesses to reap the benefits that extend beyond just finding new talent.

Here's how hiring during the Christmas season can be advantageous:

Talented Candidates with Time on Their Hands

Contrary to popular belief, the Christmas season can be an excellent time to attract top-tier talent. Many professionals take time off during this period, giving them the chance to explore new career opportunities without the pressure of their current job commitments. With more free time on their hands, potential candidates may be more open to exploring job openings. This makes Christmas an ideal time for businesses to connect with talent actively seeking new opportunities.

Competitive Edge in the Job Market

With many organisations stopping hires for the holidays, those who do have an advantage. The reduced competition for top talent means that companies actively seeking new hires can stand out and attract skilled professionals who might be overlooked during busier times of the year. This strategic advantage can be crucial for securing the best talent before the competition intensifies in the new year.

Efficient Onboarding in the New Year

Hiring during the Christmas season allows for a more efficient onboarding process when everyone returns to the office. By identifying and securing talent before the holiday rush subsides, businesses can start the onboarding process promptly. This ensures that new hires are ready to hit the ground running when the work year begins. This proactive approach helps streamline operations and minimises disruptions caused by longer vacancy periods.

Networking Opportunities at Holiday Events

The holiday season is packed with social events, providing businesses with plenty of networking opportunities. From industry gatherings to holiday parties, these occasions are a good opportunity to connect with potential candidates in a relaxed setting. Building relationships during festive events can make the hiring process more personable. This can give employers insights into candidates' personalities beyond their professional qualifications.

Hiring during the Christmas season is not only viable but can be advantageous for businesses. The combination of available time for job seekers, reduced competition in the job market, efficient onboarding, and networking opportunities make the holiday season a surprisingly opportune time for recruitment.

Here at Platform Recruitment we've been developing our expertise for over 12 years, making us a leading recruitment agency based in North London.

​We currently have clients with live roles, looking for exciting new talent to join their team – contact us now to find out more and see which opportunities we have for you in Software Development, DevOps, Mechanical, Hardware & Electronics, Life Sciences, Data Science, Manufacturing, QA and Engineering – as well as management, operations and support function roles.

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