By Marc Cenedella
We hear the same complaint every year:
“I can’t get candidates on the phone. I can’t get candidates in for interviews. I can’t even get a response.”
We hear it from Fortune 1000 recruiters, HR departments, executive search firms and agencies. We even hear it from our own recruiters at TheLadders!
And I suppose it’s a very good explanation that, of course, at the end of the year, with all the holiday parties, end-of-the-year budgeting exercises, and vacation planning going on, professionals can find themselves with too much to do and not enough time on their hands to be responsive to the companies looking to hire them.
But my advice is…
Don’t let this happen to you.
Candidates, i.e., your competition, get very distracted during the holidays with all the family and friends and festivities to enjoy.
Turn this to your advantage.
Rather than allowing your holiday schedule to get in the way of your search, double down and make an extra effort to be proactive this December.
You see, for every candidate who misses a phone call, an interview, a job opportunity, there’s a frustrated recruiter on the other side. And if you can be that golden ticket — the responsive candidate who makes life easier for the recruiter or HR department — you’ll be that much more likely to land a gig before the end of the year.
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Marc Cenedella is the CEO & Founder of TheLadders.com, the world’s leading career network.