Strictly has been to Blackpool, the celebrities have headed for the jungle and the shops are playing Slade, Wizzard and Mariah Carey ...
… it can only mean one thing ... it's that time again ...
... that's right ... it's time to review your IT Project plans for 2020 and ensure that you have the talent in place to deliver them. It could be the most important wish list that you write!
At Access Talent, we have a couple of clients who call, regular as clockwork, just after Bonfire night each year. They share with us any anticipated talent gaps based on their forecast project needs for the following year and we start the ball rolling to get them filled.
We think that this is the perfect time to do this for a number of reasons.
1 - New Year’s Resolutions
'Get a new job' is consistently in the top ten New Year's resolutions list and it's also usually the most popular career-based pledge (often ahead of 'get new qualifications' or 'get a promotion').
You want to make sure that your opportunity is at least ready to be viewed by those seeking a new job when they start to look on January 2nd.
Most people though don't make a snap decision over Christmas to look for a new gig. Their decision is, more than likely, to be the result of their last year. So, for many, that decision has already been made, if not yet committed to writing in the form of a resolution. In other words, these potential candidates are passive but on the verge of becoming active and if you, like everyone else, is gearing up for the start of the New Year - your vacancy will be in a very crowded marketplace.
If you post your advertisement now, before Christmas, then you will find that you attract the attention of the same people you would have been targeting in the New Year but at a time when there are fewer vacancies available.
2 - Notice Periods
UK firms typically ask employees to work one month’s notice (although it's not uncommon for businesses to ask for 3 or even 6 months of IT Project Talent).
If you have anticipated talent gaps at the start of 2020, any candidates you want to entice from elsewhere will have to give at least a month's notice. The clock is ticking.
You need a specialist recruitment partner that can boast both reach and speed to get your best fit candidate in place in time for (or as early as possible into) the New Year. You cannot afford to delay.
3 - Busy Schedules
Christmas is coming and the goose isn't the only one getting fat - your diary will soon start to bulge too. Before preparations for Secret Santa and the Christmas Party take over your office, set aside some quality time for assessing your staffing needs.
I would love, at least one January, to NOT take a call from a client who identified a talent shortage in the October or November of the previous year but then got too busy to act upon it before Christmas. Seriously, every year!
We keep in contact with and maintain a database of 'pre-interviewed' talent so we can help, even if you do leave it till as late as the New Year, starting the process sooner though means that everyone can relax and enjoy the mince pies!!
4 - Year-End!!
The end of the year (November and December) can be a slower hiring time.
A couple of reasons:
Whatever the reason for the slowdown, from frozen holidays to frozen budgets, you can take advantage of the quieter marketplace and give your vacancy a head start.
5 – Match This Year’s Salary – Not Next Year’s!!
One of the clients I mentioned, that starts their recruitment drive in early November, have saved money on the salaries of new hires by doing so. Here’s how it works:
Run this experiment in your own head. Answer this question, “What do you earn?”
When you have a figure in your head … answer this question, “What will you be earning in 2020 after your annual pay rise?” Did you get two different numbers?
If you attract the attention of a great candidate now, their salary expectations will be based on their current package but if you wait until next year, or even December, then you’ll be competing with whatever salary increase their organisation is offering.
When you offer a candidate a salary, you want to be competing against their earnings this year, not next year’s wage rise!! They’re marginal gains and it might not always work out, but my client is convinced that they save between 3 and 5% on salaries by recruiting at this time of year.
6 – Have A Happy Christmas
This isn’t just a pleasantry – it’s a bona fide reason for starting a recruitment process now!
It is inspired by a friend who is a hiring manager in a different sector altogether, but her experience is as relevant to IT Project Management hiring as it is to any other. She told me that Christmas was ruined last year because she spent most of it distracted, with her thoughts on the business’ hiring needs in the New Year, rather than watching her children enjoy their new toys.
She even says that she felt a chill as she joined in Auld Lang Syne at midnight on New Year's Eve and a sense of dread about everything that she would have to do when she got back in the office in (she worked out) 33 hours time!
Christmas is such a magical time and you should be in the moment with your family, not worrying about what you must crack on with when you get back to work after the holidays!!
The sooner you have everything in place for 2020, the earlier you can mentally clock off.
If you’re feeling inspired to recruit now, turning to a specialist IT Project recruitment expert with a proven track record for both reach and speed will make huge difference to how your project team starts 2020.
Hit the ground running, or in the case of those hiring managers in the Alps, skiing. Have a happy Christmas.
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