As we head full-force into autumn in 2020, there are a lot of unknowns. One thing that remains consistent, however, is seasonal recruitment cycles. Even if things look a bit different, you can still expect a breakthrough in hiring. If you’re looking to harvest more jobs this fall, understanding the market is your first priority. Here are three trends that will affect hiring as we launch into the 4th quarter.
As we head into the holiday season, there is always a spike in seasonal work. Retail and manufacturing are among the industries to get the most significant boost. This year, however, will be beyond anything we’ve ever experienced before. The Coronavirus will cause a complete shift in how retailers hire for the holidays. Pre-pandemic, companies loaded up on checkout personnel, showroom stockers, and security for the holiday frenzy. Now, the focus will be on curbside and contactless delivery, safety and cleaning, and shipping and customer service for online orders.
On the manufacturing side, warehouses are already feeling the pressure. With the announcement of Amazon Prime Day on October 13th and 14th, everyone is scrambling to meet a massive boost in demand. Retailers and manufacturers that were already ramping up for a busy virtual holiday season are now trying to accommodate sales starting mid-October. This will put pressure on the entire supply chain, from manufacturing parts to delivery.
End Of Year Rush
Q4 is always a time of self-reflection for hiring managers. Having open positions at the end of the year does not bode well for their criticality to the team, especially in today’s hiring environment. Many companies set a precedent to either fill positions by year-end or lose them altogether. Additionally, departments are reviewing budgets. If they discover unused resources, they will want to reallocate them going into the new year.
Last but certainly not least, there is always an air of calm and productivity in the fall. Fewer team members are out of the office on vacation, managers are planning for a new year by brainstorming new projects, and it’s easier to prioritize hiring and interviewing. Typically, hiring processes tend to speed up in the 4th quarter as teams work more efficiently, and managers rush to wrap everything up before the new year.
Don’t let this spooky year halt your hiring
This year has been hectic, to say the least, and it is about to get even busier as we leap right into the last quarter. You and your team have a lot to accomplish over the next three months, and that probably feels a little eerie. If your team is looking to take some stress off your shoulders, JSG is here to help. We can work together to solve your hiring needs and ensure the fourth quarter doesn’t haunt your team.
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