There are several problems businesses encounter when hiring throughout summer but with proper planning, it is possible to achieve great results! The summer tends to be a slower period for most firms. This is why summer recruitment planning presents the ideal time to secure the best available talent.
Why Summer Recruitment Could be Your Secret Weapon in the Search for Talent
At the beginning of every summer, there is a new influx of talented graduates in the jobs market. Graduate programmes from previous years also often come to an end around the end of the academic year. Those who have previously worked in graduate roles, often have the most up to date and sought after skills.
Kids are on school holidays and the weather is at its finest. Thus making summer the obvious time for workers with families to book annual leave. Some may even reduce their hours to part-time. This enables the savviest job hunters to make the most of their time off and keep an eye out for new opportunities. However, with a reduced summer working team, businesses tend to cut back on recruitment activity.
Plan to get Ahead of the Competition
Unfortunately for those businesses, the current recruitment market is candidate-driven and valuable skills are scarce. Talented people can afford to be pickier than ever. Your business needs to secure the best talent in order to stay ahead of the competition. Without proper planning, many businesses struggle with recruitment in the summer due to the absence of hiring managers.
That’s why late spring / early summer is a great time to brainstorm your summer recruitment ideas. Aim to have a plan in place before the summer holidays are in full swing. A summer recruitment strategy can maximise the chance of your business snapping up the hottest talent in the jobs market.
Internal Planning Considerations
Let’s say, you’re an Internal Recruiter of a large firm. At the start of August, the IT Director requests a .NET Developer to start mid-September. However, he/she is going on around the world cruise for four weeks. How are you going to fill that role?
Well firstly, don’t panic. Let’s step back and see how you might be able to plan a summer recruitment strategy to avoid such a scenario.
- Liaise with HR. Make sure you are aware of any big projects, maternity cover, anything that might create a skills gap come autumn
- Internal communication is key. Encourage Hiring Managers, Team Leaders and other experts to make their holiday requirements clear early on
- Call for backup. Does the Hiring Manager have to be in on all the interviews? If the Hiring Manager is unable to attend in person, find out whose opinion they trust
- Spend your time wisely. Many companies are obsessed with a three-round interview process involving a telephone interview, technical test and final interview. Recruitment consultants can carry out these tasks for you. This minimises the time you spend interviewing and free up the precious time of your Hiring Managers
- Make use of technology. Your Hiring Manager will undoubtedly want the final say to anyone they could potentially be working with. Alternatively, you could consider video interviewing technology makes it possible for a Hiring Manager to ‘meet’ a candidate from anywhere in the world
How A Recruitment Consultant Can Help Take The Pressure Off Summer Recruitment
With summer recruitment being so important to get right, it could be worthwhile enlisting the help of an experienced recruitment consultant.
Our team of consultants has a database of talented candidates with different skills, experience levels and qualifications. With this deep pool of talent ready to go, the beginning of summer could be the perfect moment for your business to connect with us. We can help you coordinate a recruitment plan to help you through this crucial time and find the best available talent.
Whatever your company needs in terms of summer recruitment, we can work with you to find the very best solutions. Please contact our recruitment team to discuss your requirements.