Organizations of every size often neglect a major strategic opportunity: setting ambitious recruiting plans for the critical months of November, December and January. November is the most important month for Q1 hiring and onboarding, and here are three ways to make the most of November.

  1. Don’t wait until your budget is replenished

By now you should know what you have to work with in Q1 2018. Don’t wait until you have money in hand to make progress on finding and vetting the best candidates. Even if your budget or priorities change, having great candidates for key hires in the pipeline now will make January much less stressful.

Huntbridge recruiters average 67 days to complete a retained search from intake to signing. That means your search needs to start today to get the most qualified candidate lined up for January.

November is the time to work with an executive search firm to set the job spec and start making significant progress. The first three weeks of November are a sprint at our firm, as we try to get as much done before holiday plans can make screening candidates more complicated to schedule.

  1. Make the most of the inter-holiday gap

The two weeks between American Thanksgiving and the end-of-year holiday break often get neglected as major opportunities for productivity. While some organizations effectively scale back work during this time because they are “out of money” on their calendar year budgets or are mentally already on holiday break, Huntbridge has been able to leverage these three weeks to maximum advantage. In fact, it’s often the best time to reach potential candidates, because their colleagues are sometimes just coasting to the end of the year, leaving them with the flexibility and motivation to consider new opportunities like yours.

  1. Good candidates are thinking about their futures now

The end of the year has a way of making people reflect on the previous year and think about the upcoming one. That means that many great candidates are more likely to be considering a move at this time, especially if they feel their work has not been fully valued or compensated.  Sometimes the best and brightest just need some motivation to turn vague dreams into a concrete plan, and your opportunity, when properly presented, can be the factor that gets valuable employees to consider new possibilities. In fact, November is the best time to reach out to great candidates, because they are often discussing future plans with friends and family during the holiday season.

Don’t let this golden opportunity slip through your fingers. Your organization can outmaneuver your competitors simply by making the most of your November, starting right now. If you need a VP, SVP, or C-suite hire for early 2018, Huntbridge can help. I’m personally available to start discussing your late 2017 and early 2018 recruiting needs. Just give me a call at 202-248-5066 or email me at

Jeff Perkins is CEO of Huntbridge.

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