Elves Wanted! (3 min read)
By: Kenny Natterer
The holiday season, often bustling with festivities and year-end deadlines, presents unique challenges and opportunities in the recruiting realm. At Anderson|Biro, we understand the intricacies of recruiting talent during this period. So grab some eggnog and let us share essential tips to help you navigate the holiday hiring landscape with the graceful finesse of Santa sliding down a chimney.
Leverage the Seasonal Downtime
If you really think about it, many executives use the holiday season to reflect on their careers, making them more receptive to hearing about new opportunities. Frankly, this period can be an ideal time to engage with potential candidates who are otherwise too distracted throughout busier times of the year.
Also, the increase in social and professional gatherings during the holidays provides fertile ground for networking. Use these events to connect with potential candidates in a more relaxed setting.
Understand the Holiday Mindset
The festive season often brings a mix of emotions, including a desire for change or career progression. Therefore, you may want to tailor your approach to resonate with these sentiments, offering opportunities that align with the career aspirations and personal goals.
However, it’s important to be mindful of candidates' personal commitments during this time. Maintaining flexibility in scheduling interviews and meetings can demonstrate respect and help foster goodwill.
Highlight Organizational Culture and Values
The holidays are a time of goodwill and team building, making it an opportune moment to highlight your company’s culture and values. For example, you may want to emphasize your organization's cultural highlights such as work-life balance, community involvement, and employee well-being.
This is also a good time to share your organization's achievements and milestones reached over the year, perhaps helping attract candidates who are looking to join a successful and thriving team.
Streamline Your Recruitment Process
It’s helpful to understand that the holiday season is relatively fleeting and candidates may have limited availability. Therefore, streamlining the recruitment process to be as efficient as possible is crucial. This includes clear communication, prompt feedback, and a well-coordinated interview schedule. In addition, it’s important to utilize technology to facilitate remote interviews and meetings. This approach respects candidates' time and can speed up the recruitment process.
Plan for the New Year
While making immediate hires might be challenging, the holiday season is an excellent time to lay the groundwork for future placements. Plan and strategize for the upcoming year, identifying key roles and potential candidates. Essentially, one may use this time to build and nurture relationships with prospective candidates for future opportunities, even if they are not immediately available.
To summarize over cookies and milk...recruiting top executives during the holidays requires a thoughtful, strategic approach. By considering the unique aspects of the season, respecting candidates' time and emotions, and showcasing your company’s culture and achievements, you can effectively attract and engage with top-tier talent. You may want to use the aforementioned strategies to support your recruitment endeavors during the festive season.
And if Santa or Mrs. Claus needs a helper this holiday season and beyond, Contact Us for expert guidance and tailored recruitment solutions that align with your organizational goals.
Anderson|Biro is a full-service, Executive Search firm dedicated to the Financial Services sector around the country. We source talent to service all aspects of the Land Title Insurance, Settlement, and Appraisal industries. We have also built successful partnerships with leading Homebuilders, iBuyers, Fintech, Servicers, Law Firms, Real Estate Brokerages, Private Equity and Lenders with direct or indirect stakes around the real estate closing table. We offer quality solutions for clients in these primary fields and beyond. Our candidates are screened for specific industry experience, outstanding track records, and values that complement your mission and culture.