Top Talent Tip: 5 Solutions for Hiring During Busy Season

It’s no secret that finding and hiring top talent is difficult in general, but hiring during busy season is a major pain point. Bringing on new staff this time of year can be a catch-22: you need new skilled workers to contribute to your projects—but at the same time it takes time and energy away from your existing team to recruit, hire and onboard new team members.


Luckily, there are best practices to streamline your hiring during the busy season so you have more time to focus on what’s important: providing service to customers.


5 Solutions:

  1. Create a Talent Bench
  • Talent benches were made for busy hiring periods. This is a pool of qualified applicants who have already submitted their information through a previous job ad. A talent bench allows HR departments to easily review that applicant pool when new positions open.
  1. Build Leaders Within Your Team
  • Creating workplace champions is something you can do year-round. Grooming your existing employees will help greatly during the busy season. More team members will have the skills needed to succeed in their own positions, and will have a better understanding of how to help train new hires!
  1. Do Outreach in Colleges
  • Hungry for experience and an opportunity to pay off student debt, new graduates are tech-savvy and energetic and some of the most ideal candidates to recruit during busy season. Don’t wait for them to come to you! Advertise though local education institutions and encourage them to store their information in your talent bench.
  1. Use Mobile Recruitment
  • During the busy season, you want to use every medium possible to reach candidates, and mobile should be prioritized. An estimated 70% of job seekers use their phones or tablets as a critical tool in their job search. It is worth the investment to make sure your job ads and online application system is mobile-optimized so you don’t miss out on these candidates.
  1. Ensure Efficient Onboarding
  • Once you have made a hire during the busy season, it is essential to make sure onboarding is as streamlined as possible. Companies with formal onboarding processes have 50% greater new hire retention. It will also ensure new employees are engaged, debriefed and given the tools they need to succeed in their first months.


There is no question—the busy season is chaotic, but the 5 Solutions above will help, as well as BirdDogHR’s software solutions. To learn more about hiring during busy seasons, effective onboarding solutions, employee engagement (and much more), contact the BirdDogHR customer care team at or call 888-482-7021.


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