Nov 10, 2022
Don't Freeze Your Recruitment
It's that time of year again. Time to start thinking about your recruitment strategy and your business plan for the upcoming year. Many wait until January to start upskilling and recruiting, but there are a lot of reasons why you shouldn't delay your talent acquisition and people development plans until then, utilising government funding and the Apprenticeship Levy through Apprentify.
In this blog post, we will discuss the top reasons to not delay your recruitment and training plans until January – act now! There is no luck in attracting and retaining the best talent in the country, however, please see below our Top Lucky 7 tips.
Reason #1: You Might Lose Top Candidates
One of the main reasons why you shouldn't delay your recruitment until January is because you might lose top candidates hoping to secure their new role ready for “New Year New Me”. If you wait too long, top candidates might already have accepted jobs elsewhere or they might be waiting for a better offer from another company. It's important to get started on your recruitment process as soon as possible so that you can secure the best candidates before Christmas, not after and get them inducted, onto the Christmas Party, and self-learning over the Christmas break ready to hit the ground running in 2023 and make an impact from January.
Reason #2: There Might Not Be Enough Time To Find The Right Candidate
Another reason why you shouldn't delay your recruitment process is because there might not be enough time to find the right candidate. If you wait until the last minute to start recruiting, you might not have enough time to properly screen candidates or to conduct all of the necessary interviews. This could lead to you hiring a less-than-qualified candidate, which is something you want to avoid! The costs of a bad hire have been proven to start at £40k+ into 6-figures. Use what is often a quieter end to the year to meet and secure the best candidates possible and do things right.
Reason #3: The Earlier You Start, The More Time You Have To Make Adjustments
If you start your recruitment process early, you will have more time to make adjustments if needed. For example, if you're not getting as many qualified candidates as you hoped, you can adjust your recruiting strategy. Or, if you're finding that too many candidates are dropping out of the process, you can try to streamline it. Starting early gives you the opportunity to make changes so that you can improve your chances of finding the right candidate - this is common when investing in new people!
Reason #4: You Can Get A Head Start On The Competition
If you wait until January to start recruiting, you're already behind the competition. Companies that start their recruitment process early have a better chance of attracting top candidates who can join, be inducted, and start ready to hit the ground RUNNING in January. They also have a better chance of getting their first choice of candidate, rather than having to settle for someone who is less qualified in a talent-short market.
Reason #5: You Can Avoid The Holiday Rush and January Hangover
Another reason to start your recruitment process early is to avoid the holiday season. Around this time of year, many people are busy with Christmas and travel plans. This can make it difficult to schedule meetings or interviews. If you start your recruitment process early, you can avoid the holiday rush and make it easier to schedule meetings and interviews.
Reason #6: You Can Take Your Time
If you start your recruitment process early, you can take your time to find the right candidate. There's no need to rush if you have plenty of time! This way, you can be sure that you're making the best decision for your company.
Reason #7: It's Better To Be Prepared
Finally, it's always better to be prepared. If you wait until January to start recruiting, you might find yourself in a bind if you can't find any qualified candidates. It's better to start early so that you can have a backup plan in place if needed. Chance favours those who are prepared!
If you want to ensure that you find the best candidates for your company, it's essential to start your recruitment process as soon as possible.
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