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Staffing Advisors Blog

How 'December Thinking' sabotages your hiring and performance goals for next year

Posted by Bob Corlett on December 3, 2013

When you are understaffed and overworked, you must ruthlessly prioritize where to spend your precious time. And in December, any task (such as recruiting) that does not directly impact a customer or your year-end performance goals often waits.

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Interviewing in November and December

Posted by Bob Corlett on November 29, 2012

'Tis the season. The season to ask the question. You know the question. It's the "give up until next year" question. My phone rings every day with employers and job seekers alike asking me, "Should I even bother trying to interview now? Or should I just give up and wait to start fresh in January?"

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Why Your January Hiring Plan will Work ... in April

Posted by Bob Corlett on December 12, 2011

It's mid-December. If you want to hire people in January, but you have not yet finalized your job description and recruiting strategy, you will probably succeed ... in April.

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Is November a Good Time to be Recruiting?

Posted by Bob Corlett on November 10, 2011

We're getting a lot of calls right now from potential new clients who have been recruiting on their own since the summertime. In past years, we got those calls in mid-September, then as the economy worsened, we got the calls in October. But this year, we're getting them in November. It's an economic barometer--I call it the "How long can you suffer until you ask for help?" indicator.

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Resignations - the "December Surprise"

Posted by Bob Corlett on December 14, 2010

My phone always rings in mid-December. Is it people wishing me a happy holiday? No, not really. It's usually managers who received a "December Surprise" - a resignation from a key player on their team.   (Thankfully no calls came this year to tell me somebody that we placed has quit!)

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Use the Holidays to Find a Job

Posted by Bob Corlett on December 9, 2010

Most job-seekers claim that November and December are lousy months to look, so they use that as a reason to take a break from hunting.

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By mid-December I Know How your January Hiring will Turn out

Posted by Bob Corlett on December 7, 2010

My friend, the restaurant manager, tells me he knows by mid-morning how well his restaurant will perform that evening.

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When is the Best Time to Recruit?

Posted by Bob Corlett on November 29, 2009

When is the best time to recruit?  Ideally you want to be recruiting when lots of good candidates are available, paying attention and willing to talk to you.  You also want to be recruiting when your competition is NOT actively trying to recruit the same people you are.   So when do you find that ideal combination of events?

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