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“What should I expect in the fourth quarter?”

ESS Candidate Newsletter – OCTOBER 2023

Columbus, OH – OCTOBER 2023

In this month’s, ask the recruiter, we talk about making the 4th quarter count

Introduction – Aaron Wandtke
Recently Filled Jobs
Ask the Recruiter “What should I expect in the fourth quarter?”


2023 continues to be a noteworthy year.  While the volume of the job opportunities may not match the levels seen in 2021 and 2022, every search a company gives us reflects their commitment to fill an important job. Notably, the talent landscape in 2023 is fiercely competitive. Many companies are extending counteroffers, establishing a new norm where individuals anticipate this gesture and express surprise when it doesn’t materialize.  Within this month’s “Ask the Recruiter” segment, we delve into the last quarter of a year and what to expect when engaging in a job change.

Lastly, each month, individuals inquire about our ability in elevating their team’s performance or identifying specialized skill sets.  Our response is a resounding yes.  If you wish to delve further into how we can be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Ask the Recruiter – “SHOULD I LOOK FOR A JOB IN THE 4th QUARTER?”

Each year in the fourth quarter we receive this question. Based on 23 years of recruiting, we can confidently tell you the fourth quarter always has a flurry of activity as companies want to hire people and people want to be in a new role starting on 1/1 of the new year. Below are some things to remember as you search for a new job this time of year:

  1. Ready to say “yes” – Some companies recognize they don’t have the talent and want to bring in new talent. Others have let opening remain open too long. Either way, they want to fill openings before the end of the year so be prepared for a potentially fast hiring process.
  2. Do your homework – One of the most important things you can do to prepare for a job is knowing the company. This includes understanding mission, and vision statements, reading about recent announcements and other important happenings in the company. Too often we hear from employers “the interviewee knew nothing about us.”
  3. Know the hiccups – When changing jobs there are a lot of things that can derail a process. Knowing these issues and staying ahead of them will help you maneuver through the hiring process more smoothly. Things like your non-compete, when bonuses are paid, does your company make counter offers, how does your company feel about people going to a certain company and do you have your references ready are just a couple of the potential hiccups people should prepare for.

A successful and timely job change starts with you and your preparation. The next step is understanding the employers’ time frame and process. By preparing and managing your expectations, you can have a simple hiring process and start a new role on 1/1 if that is your goal.

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