A Recruiter's Holiday Checklist

December 14, 2020

Recruiters and hiring teams alike are gearing up to put a bookend on their 2020 recruiting efforts, start their holiday festivities, and prepare for a fresh and efficient start in the new year. There’s no better way to get back into the (home) office at the start of 2021 than to feel great about how you left off 2020 when you closed your laptop and silenced those email notifications on your phone.


Not sure how to “turn off” and close out the recruiting year? In an industry that never really stops, these are our tips for bringing your efforts to a (brief) close. Both external recruiters and internal hiring teams can reference this checklist before powering down those laptops!

Get on the Same Page

Check-in with your clients or internal teams regarding their internal holiday closure dates. Ensure to communicate to external teams and all levels of leadership about your holiday end dates. Don’t leave anyone hanging with an unexpected out of office email response!


Tip: Include a reminder on your last client update report or internal communication boards as you approach the holiday by listing closure dates in email updates. Assume they missed your first few reminders and ensure everyone knows what to expect.


If clients or internal departments have extended closure dates that don’t line up with your time off dates — communicate this before those out of office notifications kick on!


Don’t have a final update before you head out for the holidays? Reiterate the previous one. Things get hectic this time of year, and a reminder of where your clients or internal team stands won’t hurt and will ensure everyone is on the same page.

Keep Candidates Warm

As the weather gets chilly, layer up and keep your candidate outreach warm too! Check-in with current candidates ‘in play’ before you head out for the holidays. Wish them a happy new year and let them know the days you’ll be out along with when they should expect to hear back from you.

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Don’t Ignore Your Pipelines

Utilize holiday weeks to build talent pipelines. Evaluate your sourcing strategy and take the week leading up to your time off to source and build pipelines, so you’re ready to start fresh outreach when you return. View it as a gift to yourself. A list of passive candidates ready for a new opportunity? You shouldn’t have!


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Don’t Leave Anyone in the Dark

Some have Christmas Day off, while some teams won’t be expected back in the office until the new year. And, candidates you’ve had correspondence with may checking their phone for a new years’ update on that new opportunity. Before you close your laptop, make sure your email signature and out of office response is on and ready to let them know where you are, when you can be expected back, and if there’s someone else they can reach out to in the meantime.


Prepare for a Great New Year!

Finally, send off that last Happy Holidays email to your clients, internal teams, and candidates you’ve been working with. 2021 is sure to have exciting new hurdles, hiccups, and opportunities to perfect the efficiency of your recruiting process.


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