The Best Times to Job Search Throughout the Year

July 14, 2016

Career Advice

5374200948_539b10fb1c_zWe are usually so focused on ourselves and our own job search timeline that we rarely consider the process from the recruiter’s perspective. In the working world, there are most definitely recruitment cycles and each one serves a purpose. Paying attention to these hiring cycles can give you some insight into the best times to job search.

Quarter 1: January – March
This is the New Year and the first batch of hiring you’ll see after the holidays. Some may say it’s not the best time to look for a job, while others would say, “jump on it” and take advantage of that slow time when others are on vacation or hanging out with family. “The big months for hiring are January and February, and late September and October,” says Joe Testa, chief operating officer of Mindbridge Software in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Quarter 2: April – June
This quarter is about ramping up for summer. Industries that require seasonal workers are gearing up during this time. It’s also a time to start hiring for the fall. Most employees will be taking their vacations during the summer months, as will key decision makers in the companies, so organizations are looking to start the hiring process for fall season during the spring months.

Quarter 3: July – August
The summer months are a slowdown for hiring. However, that means you should take advantage of this time to get your name out there and get your foot in the door. Less people are vying for a recruiter’s attention, and the recruiter may have more time to spend on you. Don’t stop hunting in the summer because it’s a slow season. Gear up!

Quarter 4: September – December
This is the most difficult quarter given the start of school, the holidays, and vacations for employees. However, September and October sees a surge in hiring because all employees are getting back to the grind after the summer slowdown. Although December may be slow, it’s definitely a good time to stay engaged and get a jump on the process when others are laying low.

Image via Cholet.


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