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2017 Forward Planning!

Halloween and bonfire night have been and gone. The shops are well and truly geared up for Christmas (much to the aversion of many!), and the countdown to the end of the year is on!

Offices all over the country are filled with discussions of how quickly Christmas has crept up on us, and asking when it’s socially acceptable to start playing Christmas music in the office!  For many of us it’s just too much to take! “Christmas! No, I’m just not ready”.  What’s more, people are starting to talk about 2017... 2017!!! where has this year gone?

As a recruiter, though, I’m afraid we are urging our clients to think realistically about their 2017 resourcing needs. As the end of the year begins to gain momentum, almost ANYTHING else feels like more of a priority than recruitment.  Many are thinking, “I can deal with that Marketing Manager vacancy in the New Year; I have far more pressing things to deal with this side of Christmas”. The truth is though, if you’re aware you’re going to need more resource in the first quarter of the calendar year, now is the time to be thinking about it.

It’s becoming more and more common-place that candidates are on 3-month notice periods, which means if you don’t start the activity needed to find great candidates until everyone is back in the New Year, it could be well in to April before those candidates are going to be available - and when you’re up to your eyeballs in deadlines, that is going to feel like forever!

We’d certainly urge you to, at the very least, brief us on potential upcoming roles for the New Year.  At least that way we can get the feelers out on your behalf, start drumming up some interest in your organisation, and attracting those all-important ‘superstar’ candidates that you’re looking for, and have come to expect from Beyond the Book.

I’m keeping it short and sweet for now as, let’s be honest, who has time to read a lengthy blog this side of Christmas ;o) But you get the point; don’t leave it until January and talk to us now about your 2017 requirements; however loose they may be at this stage!

by Emma