- When to Look for a Job
- Best times to look for a job
- Worst times to look for a job
- How far in advance to look for a job
- Days of the week affect the job search
- Look when it's best for you
- How to prepare for a job search
- Knowing about recruitment cycles could give your job search an edge
- General recruitment trends throughout the year
- Exceptions to the rules
- How to work the recruitment cycles
- Get in the cycle
- St. Augustine unemployment hike may be due to worker passivity
- Service industry has major holes to fill
- Optimism on the horizon
- The Best Time of the Year to Look for a Job
- New Year rewards new jobs: January and February
- Spring into more jobs: March, April, and May
- Jobs take vacations, too: June, July, and August
- Harvest more jobs: September and October
- The winter plague: November and December
- Preparing for the job search
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- The Best Time to Look for a Job (And When to Avoid)
- What is the Best Time of Year to Look for Jobs?
- Why January/February is one of the Best Times to Look for Jobs:
- March, April, and May:
- Applying For Jobs in June, July and August Could Be Tough…
- Looking for Jobs in September and October is Usually Good:
- Applying in November and December:
- Why the End of December Could Still Be a Good Time to Apply for Jobs:
- Recap: The Best Times to Apply for Jobs
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When to Look for a Job
- Tailor the time of year for your job search to your industry. However, January and February are the most popular hiring months.
- Avoid the summer and holiday season when looking for a new job, since most companies slow down during these periods.
- The best time to look for a job is toward the beginning of the workweek and late mornings. This is when most companies update job boards.
Job hunting sometimes seems a never-ending process.
While you may not have control over the time of year you need to find a job, certain seasons are better than others.
Whether you're fresh college and searching for your first gig or transitioning into a more senior role, here are the best and worst times to look for a job.
Best times to look for a job
Every industry and position is different, so there isn't a universal hiring season. However, many experts agree that the beginning of the year is a great time to look for a new position, for a range of reasons.
“During the transition into the new year and into early February, this is when teams are getting new momentum, adding on new members to accomplish their goals when a business is growing,” said Valerie Streif, senior content manager at mock interview platform Pramp.
Shane Green, founder of training and consulting company SGEi, agreed. “Companies complete budgets in October and November, and will post new jobs in December, expecting to hire in January and February.”
Many people reflect on their current roles and responsibilities at the end of the year and make resolutions to find new opportunities in the new year. When people leave for new endeavors, it creates even more job openings for applicants.
“[This is] a time when many people quit or change positions, which frees up opportunities for job seekers, too,” Streif said. “This shuffle aligns with New Year's resolutions and the desire by many for a change.”
“Per Monster's 2018 Year in Jobs report, January continues to be the busiest month for job searches, with eight of the top 10 days for job searching landing in January,” said Monster career expert Vicki Salemi, referring to the data available for that fiscal year. “The key to reaching your new-year job goals and landing a new job, however, is to maintain momentum well beyond January.”
Worst times to look for a job
While it's not impossible to get a job in the middle of the summer or during the holiday season, a good general rule is to avoid looking for a new job during those times.
“During the middle of summer, the least amount of vacancies are posted, not only for seasonal jobs but also regular positions, since teams are usually juggling many different employees taking time off for summer vacation,” Streif said. “It's also an awkward time to get started – right in the middle of the year.”
Job seekers should avoid applying to positions right before the end of the year because people are stressed out about the holidays and taking time off. During the slow times, update your resume and cover letters, research companies and invest in networking, Streif recommended.
Green believes the second half of the year is also a worse time to look for a job because companies may tighten budgets and put hiring freezes in place to meet budgets.
“My best advice is to get into a new role in the first quarter and spend the second quarter excelling in your new role so that, if any budget cuts happen, you are someone they want to keep,” Green said.
How far in advance to look for a job
One challenge of choosing the best time to look for a job is how far in advance to start searching. The ideal timing to start your new job search is one to three months in advance of your preferred employment start date. Two months is ly the best time to look for a job for the majority of professionals. One month may make you feel rushed, while three months could limit your prospects.
Days of the week affect the job search
There are not only better months, but also better days of the week, to search for a new job.
According to analysis from SmartRecruiters performed on more than 240,000 companies, the best time to look for a job is near the beginning of the week, especially on Tuesdays, which is when recruiters tend to put out new job postings. In addition, most employees are interviewed and hired on Tuesdays.
The survey also found that late morning is the best time to look for a job, because that's when many managers post new listings. With fierce competition among new hires, it's ideal to apply for a job between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Look when it's best for you
There might be seasons or months when it's easier to find a job, but the best time to look for a new position is continually until you find the perfect fit.
“The best time is always right now, so keep searching,” Salemi said. “Maintain momentum, continue looking, and don't give up until you land a coveted offer; the right opportunity is just waiting for you to pursue it.”
How to prepare for a job search
Now that you know the best time to look for a job, it's time to freshen up your resume and prepare for interviews. If you haven't updated your LinkedIn profile in a while, now is the perfect time to do so.
Use LinkedIn and professional organizations to start networking with people in your industry. Compile a list of references and personal recommendation letters before you start sending out your resume.
Browse job boards early to see what types of positions are available.
For more tips on impressing a hiring manager and landing your dream role, check out this https://www.businessnewsdaily.com.
Knowing about recruitment cycles could give your job search an edge
Dawn Papandrea, Monster contributor
Recruiting and hiring activity has ebbs and flows.
Being in the right place at the right time is often a big reason why some people get hired over others.
But how do you know if you’re timing your job search just right? Is there actually a best time to apply for jobs? After all, there are so many moving parts staff turnover rates, seasonal needs, and earnings reports—not to mention the economy. Somehow, you’re supposed to hit this moving target and walk away with a job.
Don’t despair. One aspect of the job hunt to consider is the recruitment cycle. most business functions, recruiting and hiring activity has ebbs and flows, and if you pay attention, you just might be able to time your application to when a hiring manager is most eager to bring in new talent.
Here's a look at how recruitment cycles may factor into your job search and why you should always be ready to apply.
General recruitment trends throughout the year
To get hired, you want to think a recruiter, namely, figuring out when demand for new hires is the greatest. It’s easiest to think of hiring in seasons:
Winter: “The first quarter of the new year is always a busy time for recruiting because of new budgets starting,” says Paul Feeney, a partner with AutoKineto, an international executive auto recruiter. Staffers are generally taking less time off this time of year since they’re just coming the holiday season, which helps speed up the hiring process in quarter one, as well.
For job seekers at the executive level, the first half of the year is prime time for recruiting and hiring, says Howard Seidel, senior partner at Essex Partners (a division of Keystone Partners), a career-management and leadership-development consulting firm headquartered in Boston. “While executive hiring can happen at any time, senior job searches do have seasons where things tend to be most active—January through mid-June is the biggest uninterrupted time for search,” he says.
Spring: This is when recruiters tend to snatch up soon-to-be college graduates, says Feeney. “Companies will start recruiting in the spring to have everyone in place by June 1,” he says.
Summer: Once summer hits, you can expect a recruiting slowdown, as people start taking vacations and offices shift to more relaxed summer hours and flextime schedules, says Feeney.
That’s not to say that you should never look for work in the summer; just expect that it will be a slower-moving process. “Job searches that start just before or during the summer can tend to drag, as vacation schedules can get in the way of moving the processes forward,” say Seidel, especially for higher-level roles that require interviews with several people in the organization.
The exception to this? Seasonal jobs for the holidays. Get your resume out by the end of the summer.
Fall: Once the fall comes and staffs return to full force, recruitment/hiring picks up again to fill any vacant roles before the holidays roll around (and to use up budgets before they run out).
Exceptions to the rules
It’s important to recognize that some companies and industries have unique recruitment cycles.
For example, January through April is peak season for tax and accounting professionals, so there may not be a lot of vacancies for those seeking such positions in the first quarter. “The rest of the year is when firms will concentrate on recruiting, since they always want their people to start before the busy season,” says Feeney.
Teachers and other school employees may find that a lot of recruiting takes place over the early summer to replace people who decide not to return for the following school year.
Paying attention to economic trends in your field can also help you predict when recruiters and hiring managers will be on the hunt. “Some positions are often dependent on the specific needs of a company in a current economic market—for example, during a construction or real estate boom,” says Seidel.
How to work the recruitment cycles
To get a better sense of the best time to apply for jobs in your field, try these strategies:
Think ahead. The budgets for some hires, especially for newly created roles, are often lumped into the next fiscal year budget.
“Consequently,” says Seidel, “employers often start searches ahead of the fiscal year to have someone in place when the funds become available for the new hire. That means looking over the fall for roles that may not begin until January, depending on the company’s fiscal year.
” So if you want to start a new job in January, don’t wait until winter to send out resumes—start looking at job ads during the fall.
Network during downtime. “Networking during slower periods can yield great results,” says Seidel. That’s because during the calmer summer months and the holiday season, people may have more free time to connect and be a little more relaxed when they do. This is also a great time to schedule informational interviews.
Tap into social media for intel. Look through companies’ social media pages to try to get a sense of the their hiring practices and timelines. You might be able to pick up on a particular pattern. “Or, you can even potentially reach out directly to someone who works at the company to inquire about hiring cycles,” says Seidel.
Finally, if there’s a particular company you’re interested in, stay up to date on news announcements that might indicate a hiring boom is on the way—expansion, new product lines, an influx of capital funding, etc.
In times of talent shortage, things may move quickly. If a job is open and companies are looking to hire soon, there is no slow period. “Some companies will get their ducks in a row and do a one-interview process and get an offer out that day,” says Feeney.
No matter when you look for work, the best approach is to hope for a sprint, but plan for a marathon. “And preparing for a marathon,” Seidel says, “you need to train daily by networking, researching, and actively looking for opportunities.”
Get in the cycle
Keep in mind that recruiters and hiring managers are affected by many variables, including market conditions, industry, having to fill roles unexpectedly, and more, so positions can open up at any time. Want to increase your chances of showing up on their radar? Join Monster today.
As a member, you can upload up to five versions of your resume—each tailored to the types of jobs that interest you. Recruiters search Monster every day looking to fill top jobs with qualified candidates, just you. Additionally, you can get job alerts sent to you when positions become available.
Why wait? The best time to apply for jobs is now, so let's get you hired.
St. Augustine unemployment hike may be due to worker passivity
Amy Flowers, owner of Max Labor Staffing in St. Augustine, has enough jobs to fill; she just doesn't have enough applicants willing to take them.
Flowers, who owns the St. Augustine franchise and another in Jacksonville, said it's the worst she's seen the temp agency market in her 13 years in the business.
“We just don't know on any given day if anyone will walk through our door looking for work,” Flowers said in an interview Tuesday with The Record.
Florida's financial pain: Could linger as jobless claims jump
St. Johns County unemployment rate: Lowest in the state as Florida dips to 6.1%
According to January employment statistics from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the unemployment rate in Northeast Florida was at 4.5%, with St. Johns at 3.5%, the lowest rate among area counties.
That compares with Florida's state unemployment rate of 5.3% and the U.S. as a whole at 6.8%.
The sting of the pandemic-related economic slowdown that took hold in March 2020 seemed to ease in recent months, especially in St. Johns County, even as hiring stalled statewide.
The September 2020 unemployment rate was 4.1% and it continued to drop through December when it was as low as 2.6%
So what's behind the recent uptick?
Well, for one, the unemployment benefits people have come to depend on will continue through at least August. On top of that, many taxpayers are receiving federal stimulus relief checks, and some are also beginning to get tax refunds in the mail.
“They're making more on unemployment and they're sitting at home and getting money, or even free food, and thinking, why should I work for what you can pay me?” said Flowers.
Most of the opportunities Flowers offers start at around $10 or $11 an hour, but some can pay as much as $14 — jobs housecleaners, warehouse workers or clerical positions.
“But a lot of people, they don't want to do these things, especially the hard manual labor,” Flowers said.
Even sign-on bonuses and others incentives don't always work to attract or retain workers, and Flowers is becoming worried about her own ability to fill enough contracts to stay in the black.
Service industry has major holes to fill
A recent study by the Brookings Institute examined unemployment trends throughout the pandemic, finding that the employment losses in leisure and hospitality accounted for 33% of all missing jobs, followed by professional business services (8.8%), health services (7.5%), and local education (6.4%).
The hardest-to-fill jobs, perhaps not surprisingly, are those that pay the least, and with the tourism industry in St. Johns County reliant on so many service jobs, that sector of the economy may be disproportionately affected here.
The St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau made the unusual step last week of putting out a public plea, saying the hospitality industry was in “a very aggressive hiring mode for full-time (40 hours/week) as well as part-time employees in food service, management, housekeeping, engineering and maintenance.”
A sample of local area hotels, restaurants and attractions with job openings include the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, Embassy Suites by Hilton Oceanfront St. Augustine Beach, Old Town Trolley Tours and Columbia Restaurant.
Peter Kenney, chef and owner of the Purple Olive restaurant in St. Augustine, said he has had trouble keeping staff on board after having to limit work schedules due to decreased demand.
Kenney said one of his top chefs is receiving enough on unemployment benefits and recent stimulus money to pass up Kenney's offers to bring him back on staff full-time.
“A year ago, there were more people than jobs; now it's the reverse,” Flowers said.
Another reason for creeping unemployment rates may be found in the number of folks who had been job hunting dropping the market.
According to the Brookings Institute report, labor force participation fell from 63.3% in February 2020 to 61.5% at the end of 2020.
Rebecca Livingston, executive vice president for CareerSource Northeast Florida which has an office in St. Augustine, said: “If you are looking for immediate employment, jobs exist. If you are looking for training to get into a new career, CareerSource NEFL has training opportunities that can help you get onto a new career path in a growing industry within the Northeast Florida region.”
Customer service, sales and administration positions are at the top, Livingston said.
CareerSource will hold a virtual job fair March 31, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in cooperation with Florida State College at Jacksonville, St. Johns River State College, First Coast Technical College and Florida Gateway College.
More than 100 regional companies across all sectors of the economy are expected to participate.
“Among these participating companies, many of them (including many manufacturers) are at their pre-pandemic hiring levels,” Livingston added.
Registration is open now at bit.ly/NEFLHiringEvent.
Optimism on the horizon
The Brookings Institute study predicts that “real GDP will increase about 6% between the fourth quarter of 2020 and the fourth quarter of 2021. If this growth materializes, output by the end of 2021 will be about back to the level it would have been had the pandemic not occurred.”
“We are hopeful that the inoculation of people with the COVID-19 vaccine will encourage more consumers to engage in the community, and spur more potential job seekers who have not rejoined the workforce,” Livingston added.
The Best Time of the Year to Look for a Job
When should you focus your job-search efforts? Is there a specific hiring season?
Strawberry lemonade provides refreshment during the scorching summer, pumpkin-spiced lattes are better in the fall, and mint mocha takes the bite winter; there is a season for just about everything — including your job search. Applicants often wonder if there is a best time of the year to look for a job or advance their career.
The rumor is to stay clear of companies during the holiday season and the slow period at the beginning of each year. Meanwhile, recruiters often recommend searching for new jobs in the summer or end of the fiscal year, so it seems jobs are easier to find during certain months. Here is a breakdown of common hiring season patterns.
New Year rewards new jobs: January and February
January and February are two of the best months to look for long-term, full-time jobs since these are the months most companies receive updated budgets and sales forecasts. Executives have a better idea of what they need and whether they can afford to hire new team members, which leads career advisors to consider these the top months for hiring.
Keep in mind January starts slow for most people; employees returning from holiday vacations take a few weeks to reorganize their workflow.
Accordingly, wait until the middle or latter part of January to start sending out your resume and submitting applications.
Also, remember to search the company's job board frequently during these months because most companies delay hiring during December, making job boards ripe for the picking.
The biggest downside to first of the year hiring is the slow pace. The company has plenty of money, time, and resources to choose the right candidate so finalizing the interview and signing the contract may take longer than expected.
Spring into more jobs: March, April, and May
Even though companies hire more new team members in January and February, spring still is a good time to apply to open roles. The late winter hiring season surge typically lasts well into early summer, allowing hiring managers time to advertise new jobs.
On the other hand, the good jobs are filled earlier in spring, and waiting until April or May will yield less promising roles.
Yet, the biggest benefit of applying for a job during May is the sense of urgency. Many hiring managers are planning their summer vacations, while executives spend more time networking, raising funds, and planning the release of new products and services. They simply do not have the time to take their time with each candidate, which means the hiring process may be faster and less in-depth.
Jobs take vacations, too: June, July, and August
Unfortunately, summertime is not the best time of year to look for a job. Most companies spend their human resources budget well before the summer hits.
This means hiring managers and recruiters no longer actively search for candidates during the hottest months. Whether this is due to lack of resources or busier schedules, it depends on the company. Most major corporations spend their summer months preparing for seasonal hires, analyzing trends, and preparing reports for the C-suite.
Job applicants should expect very few positive opportunities during these months. If companies do list positions, they more ly will be entry-level and minimum wage.
Instead, use this time to look at companies you would to consider by researching their environment, talking to a few employees, and take the time to reach out to hiring managers. These early steps give you a head start when they begin hiring.
For those who are determined to find a new career, recently lost their job, or just can't work at their present company anymore, there are a few options. The summer slowdown doesn't mean that there a zero jobs, nor does it mean you won't find a great opportunity. You just have to search harder.
Applicants who use job boards have a better chance than job seekers using the newspaper or local resources. Another great resource is LinkedIn. Many recruiters actively search LinkedIn for potential candidates, even during a hiring freeze.
Harvest more jobs: September and October
As we continue to go through the year, you've probably spotted a recurring pattern — the hiring season happens in waves. And autumn represents the third, and final, hiring spree of the year.
As families return from vacation, schools reopen after a three-month hiatus, and work resumes its normal course, hiring managers face less downtime and more availability for interviews and applicant screening. During these months, everyone tends to be more refreshed and relaxed, making the entire process smoother and faster.
Another pro to autumn hiring is also the desire to use all resources. Executives figure positions still open at the end of the year are redundant and useless; many hiring managers face a decision to fill positions or lose them entirely and human resources are pressed to fill vacant positions for those who fled soon after being hired earlier in the year.
The winter plague: November and December
Unless you're looking for a seasonal job or a position that pays the bills, the beginning of winter marks the start of fewer job opportunities. November is the beginning of the holiday season for most families. There are shopping lists to complete, travel arrangements to make, and parties to plan.
As our personal calendar enlarges, our professional life takes a backseat. This means hiring managers start putting off recruitment and hiring tasks until the following year.
There are other roadblocks barricading hiring managers from selecting new candidates, as well. Human resources often face budget constraints during the last two months of each year and are forced to wait for new finances and expanding opportunities before moving forward.
Also, not to mention, most of the company's positions are ly filled this late in the game. Plus, who wants to work during the holidays. Winter brings more than cold air and snow; for many, it's a time to relax and spend time with loved ones.
Preparing for the job search
Now, you don't have to stop your job search just because it's not the best time of the year to look for a job. The slow hiring months can be optimal for preparing for your search and increasing your chances of winning that key position. Here are some tips to prepare for the job search:
1. Keep your resume updated. One of the most important aspects of any job search is updating your resume — don't wait until the last minute.
Keep an updated resume template that you can easily customize your resume to the specific job.
Try to update your resume quarterly or, at the very least, once a year, scheduling the time in your calendar to help you remember and stay committed to the task.
2. Increase your skills or add new experiences. Education is a never-ending story. We must continuously upgrade our skills and learn about new areas to advance in our careers.
Increase your marketability by taking a certification course. Or add new abilities to your portfolio by taking a night business class at your local college.
Have you thought of getting another degree? There are several reputable online universities that help professionals.
3. Don't give up. Sometimes, the hardest part of job hunting is simply getting started. You may draw a blank while editing your resume, and many times our schedules get in the way of preparation and career advancement. Schedule some time each month to upgrade your skills or practice a mock interview.
And most importantly, never give up. Starting the search, regardless of the time of year, isn't easy; it takes time and patience to succeed. Rome wasn't built in a day, and your job search won't end in a day either.
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The Best Time to Look for a Job (And When to Avoid)
Note: If you’re looking for the best days or times of the week to apply for jobs, you can read it in this article. The article below is about which times of year and specific months are best.
What is the Best Time of Year to Look for Jobs?
January and February is the best time of year to look for a job. Hiring managers have received new hiring budgets for the year, the majority of workers are back from holiday vacation, and companies also often have a backlog of hiring that they have been meaning to do but had paused during the holiday season. For these reasons, January and February are excellent months to look for jobs.
There are more times in the year that are better than others to apply for jobs, too. So we’re going to go month-by-month in this article.
After finishing this article you will know the best times to apply for jobs, as well as the worst times of the year to apply.
Why January/February is one of the Best Times to Look for Jobs:
The beginning of the year (January and February) is a great time for getting hired in most industries. In fact it’s probably the best time to look for jobs all year in most industries.
January usually starts slowly as people come back from holiday vacations but by the second week of the month, things are running smoothly. Once that happens, hiring pick up pretty fast and lots of phone interviews and first round interviews start happening.
This is the time of year when the greatest number of decision-makers are in the office together, so you can get a “Yes” much faster and start that new job you want!
Just make sure you follow-up after your interview because hiring managers tend to be pretty busy this time of year… not just with hiring but with other tasks too. So if you haven’t heard feedback for a week after your interview, check in via email and ask again.
Another reason these two months are so good: Companies usually get their new hiring budgets for the year in January, and a lot of the hiring activity that was delayed in November and December can now move forward.
So they’ll have a backlog of jobs that need to be filled, and you can come in and fill it!
Many companies also pay annual bonuses in December, so a lot of people wait until January to change jobs. Companies expect this so they look to make lots of new hires in January. One more reason it’s a great time of year to search for jobs.
March, April, and May:
These months are still very good times to apply for jobs, for a few reasons.
The surge in hiring in Jan and Feb usually keeps some momentum until summer arrives (more on that in the next section). So March, April and May are still great times to try to line up a ton of interviews and land a new job.
However, it also means there’s more competition. More people are applying for jobs, and receiving interviews this time of year. So make sure you practice job interview questions and answers so you don’t waste the opportunity.
Here’s why this time of year is good in general: As you get closer to summers, companies feel more pressure to finish the interview process and hire somebody. This is because they know people in the company will go on vacation in the summer and it’ll be harder to finish up the hiring process.
Example: You start the interview process in early May. After a couple of rounds of interviews, it’s near the end of May, and two key members of the team are going on vacation next month.
They’re ly to rush to finish the process with you before they leave. Normally they might drag their feet and put it lower on their list of priorities (if you’ve interviewed enough you’ll know that sometimes companies take FOREVER to finalize things).
This won’t always happen but it’s a ly scenario that can work in your favor. Obviously each company is different and it’s entirely possible a hiring manager will say, “let’s finish this up as soon as I return from vacation.”
Applying For Jobs in June, July and August Could Be Tough…
The summer months are usually slower, and typically aren’t one of the best times to apply for jobs. Managers take more vacations during the summer and it’s harder to get a team together to conduct a face-to-face interview or make hiring decisions.
If you’re job searching in the summer and can’t find a job, this could be why.
Companies also fill many of their open positions during the hiring push at the beginning of the year (In January-May), so there’s less of a need by the time the summer months come around.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t any jobs to be had; you just have to search a little bit harder.
You might be able to stand out due to the fact that there are less applicants during the summer months. Because of this, it’s still worthwhile to do some job hunting in the summertime.
You just need a bit more patience to put up with people being on vacation and other delays. Don’t expect to finish the interview process and get hired in one week.
If you decide not to apply during the summer months, you can still work on getting your resume in top shape, and planning/strategizing your job search for September…
Looking for Jobs in September and October is Usually Good:
September and October are one of the best times to apply for jobs (along with January and February mentioned earlier). Why?
Hiring happens in waves. Summer was slow, so the early Fall speeds up. Especially as hiring managers return from vacation.
More interviews happen and there’s less downtime and waiting. The hiring process is smoother overall and you can get from start to finish faster.
Is this better than January and February? In most industries it’s a bit of a toss-up. I’d say it’s almost as good. If January and February are the best time of year to apply for jobs, this is the second best for sure!
September and October are great times to job hunt. Take advantage.
Applying in November and December:
I don’t want this next section to discourage you from starting to apply for jobs and getting a leg up on the competition. Just know that November and December and typically pretty slow times if you’re hoping to get a lot of interviews and see job offers fast. Here’s why…
As November rolls around, hiring managers and HR departments start to put aside their hiring goals and save things for the beginning of next year. They get new hiring budgets in the new year and fewer people are on vacation so it’s easier for them to wait.
People are lazier in the Winter months in general. I’m sure you’ve felt it… you have a few weeks before the holidays and you decide a few tasks can wait for the new year. Unfortunately your job application might be one of those tasks that somebody decides to put off until the new year.
Also, late November and December are popular times for vacations so the hiring manager might not be in the office.
Why the End of December Could Still Be a Good Time to Apply for Jobs:
Even though I just gave you a few reasons why December isn’t a great time to look for jobs, you can still submit job applications so that you’re ahead of the competition when everyone returns to the office in January!
At any given time, at least someone from HR will be in the office. Just don’t expect to receive a whole lot of interviews right away, aside from the initial phone call maybe.
As long as you don’t mind this, the end of December can be a great time to start your job search. And you’ll probably finish the process and start your new job in February or March.
Recap: The Best Times to Apply for Jobs
- January: Good time to look for jobs, but the first two weeks might be slow as people return from holidays.
- February: Excellent time to apply for jobs and look for jobs.
- March, April, May: Very good times of year to be job searching.
- June, July, August: Not the best times to apply for jobs, but still possible to find a great position. Just be prepared for a slower interview process, as more key staff taking vacations during the summer.
- September and October: Excellent time of year to look for jobs and apply for jobs.
- November: Typically relatively good, as companies are trying to make their final hires before the year ends. However, the final one or two weeks of November can slow down a lot due to the upcoming holidays.
- December: Typically a very slow month when not much will happen in terms of hiring for most companies.
If you follow the advice above you’ll be applying at the best times for getting hired. You’ll get more interviews (and the process will move faster) so you can end your job search sooner.
Don’t Overthink the Timing
While this data can guide you, don’t overthink it! If you just graduated in the spring and need to find a job in the summer, that’s fine. Attack your job search head-on!
If you got laid off in November and need to find a job in December or early January, go do it. Don’t let this article discourage you or stop you. The truth is you can get a job in any month, at any time. And you only need one job, right?
The data above is just to guide you and provide background info about why certain times of year and considered better for job searching and hiring.
If you have interviews coming up and don’t want to leave anything to chance, I’ve created a new guide where you can copy my exact step-by-step method for getting job offers. You can get more details here.
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