For many hiring managers, holiday seasons are stressful as they search for qualified candidates to meet their seasonal staff volumes. With a few simple tips, you can get started on finding the seasonal staff before the holiday season arrives!
With most companies hiring in November, beat the holiday rush by posting your seasonal openings in September or October. Doing so will give you more time to find those employees who are more qualified and meet your company standards.
Use the right sources
Find the recruiting channels that are the most successful in targeting seasonal job seekers. This may be a career site, niche boards, referrals, college recruiting, or display ads.
Update your job postings
If you’ve previously used written job postings, edit the information to ensure that the job description is accurate and current. Specify the job as seasonal or temporary. Be sure to give clear expectations and other job information.
Prioritize previous seasonal staff
The previous seasonal staff may plan on working for you this season, so let them be the first candidates you contact. This will help streamline your hiring process while providing ample time to recruit similar quality candidates.
Invest in talent community tools
For those businesses who recruit a lot of seasonal staff members, investing in software to help hiring managers organize their candidates will streamline the hiring process. Such software will assist managers or recruiters in collecting and managing candidates’ details in one location, making it easier to contact previous seasonal staff or leverage them for future referrals.
What to look for in candidates
Although you may have decided to begin hiring early, carefully scrutinize each candidate and look for the qualities that best meet your criteria. As you assess the candidates, evaluate their personality style to ensure that the person you hire has the right personality for the job and company culture. Also, be sure to check references. Those who have had previous work or internship experiences should be able to give you a list of previous employees who can confirm their performance, character and professionalism.