Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Holiday Hiring: 5 Ways to Stay on Track

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when company parties are in full swing as everyone prepares to celebrate the holidays. But just because the office is gearing down for the next few weeks and hiring itself may be a little slower, doesn’t mean your recruiting efforts should suffer. 

Although this may not mean new recruits will be on-boarded by the end of the year, there is no better time for a thoughtful analysis of your hiring practices and developing your hiring plan for 2016.

A recent article on gives five very important recruiting actions you should focus on during the holidays.
  1. Assess your efforts from the past year: With more employees out of the office and a quieter environment, this is the perfect time to take a look back over the past 11 months and see what worked and what didn’t.
  2. Forecast your talent needs for 2016: You can also use this time to utilize any hiring metrics you have to forecast your future recruiting needs.
  3. Upgrade your employment brand: The article points out that “when employers choose to apply a marketing approach to their recruiting, they usually find it’s easier to maintain a full pipeline of talent.” One way to do this is to take this time to consider whether veterans make a good fit for your company and begin researching branding yourself as an Employer of Choice for Military Talent through a program like Orion’s Military Talent Program™.
  4. Update your job descriptions: Job descriptions are one of the main ways candidates decide if they’re a fit for the job, but they can easily become stale. This is a great time to review descriptions for open positions and freshen them up. If you’re interested in attracting veterans, you can even incorporate specific keywords that will coincide with their military occupations.
  5. Make goals for the New Year: This last step is really about combining all you’ve learned from the first four items, and coming up with an actionable plan for 2016.
Need some help with some of these steps? An Orion Military Talent Program™ delivers talented military candidates while incorporating Brand Marketing, Training, and Consulting, to ensure the best possible results. Our Military Talent Programs address all phases of the hiring process from sourcing, candidate attraction and recruiting, through on-boarding, integration, and retention, and can put you on track for a productive 2016.

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