So what's a CIO to do? Instead of reacting to use-it-or-lose-it policies with a frenetic hiring spree in December, get proactive and set a steady pace of talent acquisition throughout the year. "It's important to build a candidate bench of qualified talent. It's the only reliable and cost-effective way I've found to address the need," says Patel.
Even if your organization doesn't espouse a use-it-or-lose-it philosophy, December can be a challenging month for your hiring process. "Calendar and fiscal deadlines did not complicate hiring decisions," Patel says, "but year-end holidays certainly impacted availability."
And it's not just the job candidates who are away for the holidays. Your hiring managers may have December plans, too. Take a family vacation in Aruba or stay to hire a data architect--hmm, that's a tough decision. Happy Holidays!
Kristen Lamoreaux is president and CEO of Lamoreaux Search, which finds IT professionals for hiring managers.
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