The End of the Year is a Great Time to Hire

Many executives view December as a slow hiring time and they dial down their job search thinking they will get back at it with renewed vigor once the calendar turns.

That’s a huge mistake!

There’s more competition for talent in January because of that way of thinking, so the smart companies — and smart job seekers — are getting a jump on the crowd.

Also, it’s common for companies who have budgeted for a position to feel a sense of urgency with a new year, and a new budget, looming. Hiring managers don’t want to see their hiring budget get shifted somewhere else in the new year’s budget. It is also very common to want to have your people in place on January second to get a fast start to the new year.

It is also much easier for the employed job seeker to look in December. Many people take a lot of vacation time in December, so employed job seekers will have no trouble being away from the office without arousing suspicion.

According to Barbara Bruno, an internationally recognized top expert in the staffing and recruiting profession, December is a great time to hire. She believes “the last quarter of the year should be a company’s heaviest hiring quarter.”

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William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Associate Director of Content Marketing, where he develops engaging job search, career path, and leadership insight to build ExecuNet's brand recognition as the leader in senior-level executive job search and all matters career.

He delivers executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand, amplifying the power of ExecuNet's expert voices and shaping the content strategy.

Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework. It is his training as an educator which allows Will to take complex ideas and make them simple for busy executives to understand and to execute.

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