If you are a regular reader, I hope you are already convinced that it’s important to job hunt during the holidays. Do you know where you are going with your job hunt? Today, I’m happy to share insight from the “other side of the hiring desk.” Today’s contributor, Craig Fisher, is a management and information technology recruiter, staffing entrepreneur and co-founder of A-List Solutions.
I know Craig via Twitter and saw him tweet on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving about placing a candidate:
Of course, I immediately DMed and asked if he’d contribute to this series. This is Craig’s take on looking for a job during the holidays…
So perhaps you are thinking that hiring managers won’t be in the office over the holidays.Ã‚Â Maybe youÃ‚Â should ease up on your job search.Ã‚Â But you should know thatÃ‚Â your friendly neighborhood recruiter is likely still in touch with those managers and trying to make placements happen.
As a case in point, I just placed a candidate in a great new position.Ã‚Â It is Tuesday evening beforeÃ‚Â Thanksgiving.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â I was able to facilitate a background check and offer letterÃ‚Â whileÃ‚Â both candidate and client wereÃ‚Â already out for vacation.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â All parties were thrilled and the candidate gets to start work on this coming Monday morning.
Today it is easier than ever for recruiters to do business even when nobody is at work.Ã‚Â Smart phones make it so easy to text and view documents.Ã‚Â And smart recruiters know that many hiring managers are trying to spend budget money right now before year end.
Just remember that we recruitersÃ‚Â are ALWAYS trying to get people placed in jobs.Ã‚Â And we are likely in touch with many of our clients even when they are out of the office.Ã‚Â Recruiters work hard all through the holidays.Ã‚Â And if you are a job seeker, you should too.
Craig Fisher is a founding partner of A-List solutions, blogger at http://blog.fishdogs.com/ and host of the TalentNetÃ‚Â Live #TNL recruiter forum. As a 15-year recruiting industry veteran, Craig is a social recruiting and new media branding strategist for job seekers and employers. Follow Craig on Twitter @Fishdogs
Don’t miss all the great advice from my colleagues and friends for holiday job seeking:
So, what do you think? Are you planning to go at your job hunt full force? Share in the comments!
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