There is a popular belief that as the year rolls to a close, so do the job opportunities. This is not always the case, and this is why. Most hiring managers have completed 2 major, annual tasks. They have finished their budgets for next year (a process that runs from August-December), and have submitted staff performance reviews to HR used to calculate bonuses for this Spring. Now, hiring managers will focus on critical skills and personnel gaps needed to meet next years’ objectives. And so the cycle begins again for every company regardless of size. That is, aligning departmental objectives to support overall corporate objectives, fighting for the budgets and head count needed to deliver on these objectives, and establishing & linking measures-to-rewards to align their teams to deliver the results management and shareholders seek. So my advice to anyone seeking a career change during this time of year, remain diligent and optimistic during this holiday season.
James F. Lynch PhD, MBA – Regional Personnel Services ©2015