We’re well on our way into the fourth quarter of 2009, and that means the holiday season is soon approaching. What does this mean for recruiting top-talent professionals? Traditionally, the holiday season is a challenging time for companies to attract, recruit, and attain these prime candidates, as many are anxiously awaiting holiday bonuses, vacations, and company holiday parties. How can hiring firms overcome such seasonal challenges? The first step is to start seeking out these individuals early on in this part of the year. Offer invites to prospective hires to attend your company’s holiday parties as a means to introduce these candidates to companies employees and allow them to get a sense of your company culture. Counter holiday bonus resistance with holiday sign-on bonuses to new hires. And allow for first-of-the-year start dates for hires made before the holiday season is over to allow the candidate time off.