Hiring Managers: 5 Things to Do to Prepare for the New Year

December 06, 2017

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Historically, the New Year is when hiring experiences a surge. During the month of January, the number of job searches increase, and more workers think about a new job for the New Year.

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As Canada continues to experience a candidate shortage, hiring managers should take advantage of these increased numbers and tap into the New Year pool of available candidates.

Here are five tips hiring managers can use to prepare for hiring in the New Year.

1. Assess Your Needs

If your business is expanding and you need more professionals to keep up with production, the New Year is the perfect time to hire. However, you may want to consider what types of hires you need and whether multiple full-time hires are within your budget.

If you’re operating a small start-up and you don’t have much data to back up whether or not this growth is sustainable, it may be better to consider temporary hires.

Temporary workers can be the solution to your hiring needs—and if you need them full time, that option is always open. Best of all, you’ll already know their strengths and weaknesses, making it easy to decide if their skills are an asset to your team.

2. Develop Your Job Description

If you haven’t revisited your job description in a while, now is the time. Your job description is likely the first thing that will expose potential candidates to your organization, so you need it to pop with valuable information.

Since more candidates will be searching for new jobs in January, you need to have your job description perfected before the winter holidays. Thinking in advance is crucial—you’ll want to attract those eager candidates before they reach your competitors.

3. Build Your Employer Brand

The New Year is the perfect time to make a fresh start when it comes to your employer brand. A new campaign to highlight what you love about your company is a great way to attract interested candidates organically, without having to specifically advertise that you’re hiring.

In fact, building your employer brand and making your company look as appealing as possible to job seekers will do most of the recruitment work for you. When candidates dig a little deeper into your organization and see you’re hiring, they’ll apply.

4. Prepare an Onboarding Schedule

A successful onboarding process is crucial to ensure employee retention. Hiring in the New Year means nothing if your new employee leaves after two months, especially if you’re looking to maintain that employer brand you just improved.

With a fully developed onboarding process, you can ensure your new employee is trained properly, feels welcome in your organization, and is provided the tools to succeed.

5. Don’t Skip the Background Checks

Background checks are an invaluable tool for hiring managers, but they can be time consuming.

No matter how much time you need to spend researching a candidate’s background, it will be worth it in the end. A reference check acts like a second opinion on the candidate’s skills and abilities. In the end, it will save you from hiring an employee who interviews well but performs poorly in the workplace.


Kirsten Quarman

Kirsten Quarman

Kirsten has 25 years of global recruitment experience, working for global and national staffing companies. As Vice President, Western Canada for Talentcor, Kirsten oversees our Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg branches. Some of her specialties include administrative, light industrial, skilled trades, sales & marketing, customer service, supply chain, accounting, human resources, insurance, and legal. Outside of work, Kirsten enjoys mastering new skills and achieving goals she sets for herself each year, like learning new sports and exercising.

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