6 Tips to Prepare for New Year Recruitment in 2019

6 tips to help with New Year recruitment in 2019

With applicant levels at the highest they’ll be all year and organisations’ hiring budgets freshly set, January is famously busy in the world of recruitment.As temporary contracts come to an end and applicants enter the new year with hopes of new job prospects, it’s important to enter the busiest month of the year as prepared as possible. 

As the job market is flooded with both vacancies and applicants, January is both a fantastic and competitive time for recruitment. So we’ve put together a few top tips to help you prepare for the wave of recruitment coming your way next month and stand out from the crowd – let’s get 2019 off to the best possible start.

Create stand-out job advertisements this side of Christmas

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Job ads are your first point of sale when it comes to recruitment. The perfect chance to showcase everything that’s great about your organisation, your ads should sum up everything from company culture to work perks to salary expectations. 

These should be laid out in an easy-to-read scannable format – make use of bullet points and subheadings. With so many vacancies around in January,and an increasing number of applicants starting their job search on mobile devices, candidates are more likely to apply for your vacancy if they can get all the information they need in a matter of seconds. 

Ensure your vacancies are social media ready

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Social media is an increasingly great resource for recruitment. Therefore you should aim to be pushing our your latest vacancies across social straight after Christmas. The second week of January is expected to be the busiest week of the year for job searches, so either automate your posts through a scheduling system (or directly within social media platforms) or ensure someone is on-hand to get your vacancies out in the public eye at the start of that week. 

Invest in the resource to check over CVs

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The flurry of job applicants is one of the reasons it’s best to send your vacancies out into the wider world in January, but timely responses are vital in such a competitive market. It’s important to ensure you have the resource available to look through all the applications you receive in a timely manner. 

This resource can come in the form of HR and recruitment staff or you can use an ATS that allows for CV parsing. In Recruit for example,Boolean search logic can be used, which allows your hiring teams to search for specific skillsets within candidate applications – ideal for specialist role and those with minimum requirements such as a driving license or specific qualifications. 

Check that your job specs are up to date

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This may seem like an obvious point to make but any errors, whether in the spelling and formatting of the description or formal elements such as dates, can be very off putting for applicants. Candidates will have a wide array of options at their fingertips throughout January,so coherency and accuracy are of the essence. 

If you are reusing a job description, for example if you are expanding a certain team or re-recruiting for a position you advertised in 2018, make sure to double check that the specs, dates, and requirements are fully up to date.

Be flexible with your interview schedule

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Flexibility is one of the most important things to the modern workforce. Many of your applicants may be currently employed elsewhere, so having a flexible attitude towards interview times and dates will help you retain strong candidates. Even better – invest in an ATS with self-service interview/appointment scheduling.If you have set, unmovable times and dates for your interviews, you run the risk of missing out on top applicants who will go elsewhere for an organisation who can meet their requirements.Flexibility is a good indication of company culture, so well worth investing in.

Make use of your existing talent pools

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As temporary contracts come to an end, it’s important not to overlook the talent you already have. If you’re pushing for a big recruitment drive, assess the temporary staff you acquired over the busy holiday season. They may not fill all of your vacancy needs but can certainly make an impact. This can in turn cut the costs involved in recruiting and onboarding new candidates as well as reduce the time to hire and time to productivity of new recruits for your upcoming vacancies. 

There you have it, six top tips to ensure your organisation is ready and ahead of the game for January recruitment. 

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