Many companies are starting to put things on auto-pilot until after the holidays. This includes their recruitment efforts. That’s why December is typically regarded as one of the worst times of the year for people to look for a job. Most companies put hiring on hold. But this is also a reason why January has a hiring rush. 

But what if you were to reverse things? Focus on hiring now. Get yourself ready by doing all the prep work ahead of time. It’s something our executive search team in Toronto recommended. With things typically quieter around the office in December, you can have more time to prepare your recruitment campaign.

executive search toronto get ahead of the january hiring rush


Our recruiters provide you with some things you can do now to be ready to take on the January hiring rush head-on in 2024:

1. Review and Update Job Descriptions:

This is a good starting point to get ahead. Evaluate and update your job descriptions to reflect the current needs of your organization. Clearly articulate the responsibilities, qualifications, and benefits associated with each role that you plan to hire for in 2024.

2. Reach Out To Your Team And Ask For Employee Referrals:

Getting recommendations from your team can put you in contact with candidates outside your hiring funnel. Encourage and incentivize employee referrals. Current employees can be valuable sources for identifying potential candidates and can vouch for your company culture.

3. Utilize Social Media To Make It Known You’re Hiring:

Create a post and let people know that you are hiring. Share it on all your social accounts and add the post to your company website. 

4. Build a Talent Pipeline Now:

Even if you are not hiring now, you can start building a talent pipeline by engaging with potential candidates who may not be actively seeking new opportunities. Establish connections through networking events, industry groups, and online platforms.

5. Provide Training for Your Hiring Team:

Now is a great time to provide training for hiring managers and teams involved in the recruitment process. Equip them with updated interview techniques, diversity and inclusion training, and a clear understanding of the company’s hiring goals. It’s also a good time to try out new recruiting tools and technology that you could use in 2024. 

6. Review Compensation Packages:

Evaluate your compensation packages to ensure they remain competitive in the current job market. Consider any adjustments or additional benefits that could make your offers more attractive.

7. Look For Ways To Streamline the Application Process:

Review your application process. Is there anything clunky? Something that could cause candidates to disengage? Simplify and streamline your application process. Lengthy or complicated applications can deter qualified candidates. Make it easy for candidates to apply and showcase their skills.

8. Engage with Recruitment Agencies:

Consider the need to partner with recruitment agencies. Recruiters can help you tap into their networks and access a pool of pre-screened candidates. 

By taking these proactive steps now, you’ll be well-positioned to successfully navigate the January hiring rush and attract the candidates you want for your organization’s growth and success.


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Mark Rouse Marketing Recruiter

Mark Rouse

Mark leads Canada’s largest Marketing Communications & Media recruitment practice. Leveraging close to two decades of industry experience in the Marketing Services and Agency businesses, he has been responsible for hiring, developing, and retaining top talent as Vice-President with companies such as Young & Rubicam, Wunderman, and J. Walter Thompson.

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