Fact Or Fiction: Does the Hiring Process Slow down Closer to Christmas?

Robert Sheffield
December 9, 20192 mins read

As we move into the last quarter of 2019, a question we get asked frequently as recruiters is whether or not the hiring process slows down on the run into Christmas.

In short, the answer is no. When it comes to the hiring process, historical data shows that it is actually a great time to look for a new role. 

Here is why: 

Hitting the ground running
This is a key one for our clients. January (Q1) is a crucial month for the majority of our clients, as they prepare budgets, plan for the year, produce road maps etc. Starting a new role in November or December will allow you to ease into the new role, get to know your team and colleagues, and make a positive difference for the future when the January planning time arises. 

Having doubts about your current role?
If you delay the November/December search, don’t be surprised if you find yourself waiting in your current role until February or March. Starting your search too late (January) will be met with a stagnant response, as the majority of hiring managers will be reluctant to answer your calls and emails over the long summer break.

Get ahead of the curve
Despite some industry surveys and articles stating that the majority of people wind down their search in the run into Christmas, our experience is that with less CVs coming in the door, your CV is sure to be near the top of the list with our key clients.

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Managing Director - Greater China
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