December is a great time to look for a new job.

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There is a popular myth that December is the worst time to look for a new job.  Recruiters and Human Resource Executives will tell you this is false.

Many companies are facing pressure to fill vacant seats before heading into the New Year to ensure Q1 company business objectives are met. In my experience, companies work harder this time of year to engage top talent and will speed up their hiring process due to the pressure to make the first quarter soar. That means you as a candidate can get screened and interviewed in a much shorter time frame.  Just last month on Thanksgiving Eve, one of my clients extended an offer to a candidate to make sure the candidate could start as soon as possible and be trained before the kickoff of the New Year. Over the course of my career, I myself have started two positions in December.  Many of my colleagues report December as the strongest month for placements!

As a candidate starting your search, beginning now will let you stand out in a few ways. There will be less competition this time of year since many job seekers believe the myth that ‘no one is hiring in December’.  Additionally, as the holiday season gets going, many managers and recruiters have lighter schedules and so communication and scheduling will actually be easier until around Dec 23rd.   By starting your career search this time of year you show that even during the holiday season you maintain a sense determination and commitment that many employers will respect. Last but not least, the holiday season tends to put us all in a friendlier mood.

2016 will be here in the blink of an eye and if you want to make a career change and take on new challenges next year, now is the time to start.  Dust off your resume, contact a recruiter, scan the job listings and get your ‘interview suit’ ready. History shows that starting your search in December can help you ring in the New Year celebrating a new job.

Best of luck in your search,

Elizabeth2

 

 

Elizabeth Dinette
Executive Recruiting Manager

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Discovering the Key Ingredient that Propels Dynamic Teams to Success

Key to SuccessRecruiting top talent to join your team is essential to moving your business forward and reaching your full potential, but adding star players to your lineup is only part of the process. More work is required to take full advantage of your new talent as well as make the most of your existing staff. Corporate trailblazer Google recently undertook a massive study of exactly what qualities make for the most successful teams and their conclusions might surprise you.

Google People Operations Analyst Julia Rozovsky shared the results of Google’s experience on the re: Work blog last week and I highly recommend you check it out:

The five keys to a successful Google team

The Big Picture according to Google? Who is on a team matters less than how the team members interact, structure their work, and view their contributions.

Don’t get the wrong impression, you must to have the right players on your team (it’s okay, you can call us if this is a problem) but what you do with them once you have them may be just as important. Creating the right team dynamics is the best way to ensure that everyone; new hires as well as your existing talent, can make the most of their potential.

Overwhelmingly, Google researchers found the most important quality in a successful team was the ‘psychological safety’. While the term may conjure up painful images of corporate retreats and hokey trust games, our everyday actions have the potential for far greater impact on team dynamics than anannual getaway.

It’s important that everyone on your team feels safe to take risks, to ask questions, to clarify purpose.

Don’t laugh. There really is no such thing as a stupid question or a stupid idea. Good innovation necessarily generates a lot of ideas. Granted, some are decidedly better than others. It’s all part of the process. But if you scorn the idea of the ‘McOyster’ today, the team member who thinks tomorrow that a coffee-flavored slushy would be a great idea might just keep that idea to herself and BAM you’d miss the Frappuccino.

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Susan Moreno, CEO