Prepare for the Holiday Season by Calling a Staffing Firm

October 11, 2017

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Does your business experience regular seasonal fluctuations? If so, you know how difficult it can be to schedule your staff to compensate for the upswing in business during the winter holidays. You don’t want to overwork your dedicated staff, but it may not make the most sense to hire full-time staff just for the holiday season.

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What your business needs is a new hiring strategy—and a staffing firm can help. Keep reading to find out how a staffing firm can help you plan ahead for the upcoming holiday season.

Bypass the Rush

The holiday season isn’t just busy for you—nearly every company sees an increase in business during the winter holidays, and they’re also looking to make new hires to compensate. Starting in September, the competition for top-quality candidates gets much tougher, and you may miss out altogether if you wait until November or December to hire.

A staffing firm can help you bypass the rush, while also ensuring you’re only making the most informed hires. Even with a condensed recruiting timeline, a staffing firm can provide your business with candidates who have already gone through proven vetting processes.

Access a Wide Network

With the competition being so fierce before the holiday season, it can be difficult to find qualified candidates who match what you’re looking for in your job description. You may end up settling for someone who can’t perform according to expectations, which can lead to issues when you don’t have time to provide extra training during the holiday rush.

When you work with a staffing firm, you’ll have access to a wide network of qualified candidates—so you don’t have to worry about settling for anything less. Recruiters will likely already have a few candidates in mind to suit your needs—making it faster and easier than ever to make great hiring decisions.

Don’t Shy Away from High-Volume Hiring

A booming holiday season is great for your business—but your current staff members may become over-worked if they have to do the work of several people. You want to ensure productivity remains high—but hiring in-house in high volumes during a short period of time will take up far more of your time than you can manage.

When working with a staffing firm, you can hire in the large quantities you need. A recruiter can help your business stay fully staffed during the holiday season without putting any extra strain on you or your team.

Avoid Going over Budget with Contract Hires

It’s a dilemma every business owner faces during seasonal fluctuations: do I over-extend my budget by making new hires, or do I just hope my current team can pick up the slack?

Recruiting new staff can be a major commitment, and it’s not something that should be taken lightly. Even with increased revenue during the holiday season, you may not be ready to commit to another full-time employee—but there is a solution that will keep you and your staff happy.

When working with recruiters, you can hire contract workers during holiday fluctuations. Whether you need someone short term, long term, or just on a project-by-project basis, a recruiter will help you create a temporary employment contract that won’t go over your budget but will still solve your staffing challenges.


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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