How To Prepare To Hire In January

January is known as one of the best times of the year to start your hiring process. We take a look at why it is such a good time to hire and how you can start preparing now.

Key Takeaways

  1. January is often seen as the best time of year to hire
  2. Many employees are looking for a change in the new year meaning you have a wider range of candidates
  3. To hire successfully you should be starting the process in December to give you the best chance at attracting the top talent

Why Hire In January

According to Monster, the first quarter of the year is always a busy time for recruiting because of new budgets starting. Employees usually take less time off coming out of the holiday season which helps speed up the hiring process. A lot of companies pay annual bonuses in December too which means many wait until January to change jobs.

January is also the busiest month of the year for job searches, this means you can take advantage of a bigger pool of qualified candidates. The increase in potential candidates is also matched with an increase in companies advertising which does mean you are going to have increased competition to attract the best. That is why it is important you prepare early.

How To Prepare

Start Early

Start the hiring process now. If you want to hire in January, you should start advertising your job roles now. If you wait until January, then it could be the end of the month or even early February before you get your new hires through the door. Start the process now and you can get a head start on your competitors and have your team assembled ready to go in the new year.

Attract Passive Job Seekers

Many employees will be thinking about leaving but might not be actively applying for jobs. In order for you to attract the best candidates you might want to consider the headhunting approach. This allows you to reach out to people who otherwise might not be exposed to your job advert and widen your talent pool. Starting this process early means you can have a selection of candidates ready to interview in the new year.

Get Your Software In Place

If you are recruiting for multiple roles and expect lots of candidates, then you need to ensure you have your processes in place. A big part of this might be ensuring you have an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) set up. This will allow you to filter your candidates and manage communication, which can save you a huge amount of time.

How ecruit Can Help

Better Job Ads

Our content team write optimised job ads that get 45% more applicants. By optimising your job ads you get increased exposure on search engines and job boards and get a higher percentage of candidates applying.

Save money

We post to all the biggest job boards for one low cost and don’t charge any commission or signing on fee. We also don’t charge extra for multiple hires meaning you can save a huge amount of money compared to a traditional recruiter.

Highlight best candidates

Our ATS will bring all your candidates in one place from all the different job boards. We also manually review each candidate, highlighting the applicants that best fit your criteria. This saves you a huge amount of time and means you can focus on interviewing and hiring the best candidates.


Our Headhunting service gives you access to the best candidates at a fraction of the price of a traditional recruiter. 70% of online candidates are either passive or not actively looking for a new role. We help you hire directly by identifying and approaching the best people on LinkedIn, pre-qualifying candidates and arranging interviews.


January is a great time of year to hire but you need to start preparing now. Getting your job ads posted now means you can attract a wider pool of talent and be in a great position to complete the hiring process as soon as possible in the new year.

If you are looking to attract the top talent, then ecruit can help you recruit top performers at a fraction of the cost of traditional agencies.

From writing optimised job descriptions, listing on the top job boards and managing your applicants, ecruit saves you time and money while recruiting the top candidates across your sector.

Our fixed price Head-hunter service also offers fantastic value, allowing you to attract the very best talent in your sector without the huge commission costs of traditional recruitment agencies.

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