For all of you who start the year with grand ambitions of a new job, you have timed it perfectly. Yes, it is true that January and February are thought as prime months for getting hired, notably for long-term, full-term jobs in all industries. Owing to a slow hiring period in December, spikes in job vacancies are seen early in the year, leaving job boards ripe for you to pick.
Company budgets and sales forecasts produced at this time; executives have a clear understanding on what is affordable, and thus a sudden surge in hiring. However, in the same way we re-adjust to work after the holidays, January can start off slow while employees take time to get back into the swing of work.
While promising roles will have been filled during early spring, the momentum from January and February will carry on into the March, April and May months. More interviews are offered to applicants this time of year where there is increased pressure and urgency to fill positions before summer. Arguably, this means greater competition; make sure you polish your knowledge on interview questions to stay in the game!
The summer months of June, July and August are not an ideal time to start job hunting. Unfortunately, the season for vacations and splurging money, there is little resource and opportunity to conduct face-to-face interviews. The summer slowdown does not mean there are zero jobs going; determined to find a new career or job, here’s your time to utilise job boards and stand out in a low candidate market.
The summer ending, another hiring wave begins. Just like January and February, September and October are also considered as good times to apply for jobs. Subsequent to a hiring freeze over summer and with the return of managers from holiday, the interview process begins to ramp up again. Take advantage of employers feeling more refreshed and with a greater desire to recruit. By now, executives are pressed to fill vacant positions or will close them entirely as the year closely comes to an end. A great time to job search yet be wary of inflated competition, many people will launch new job searches at the beginning of Autumn.
Not to be discouraged by November and December; this is a particularly slow time for recruitment. Once November rolls around, hiring aspirations are often put to a side, and as a result, employers are more susceptible to leave applications until the new year, and prone to delay a time-consuming interview process. Marked as a time for fewer job opportunities, don’t be fooled, get a leg up on competition by submitting job applications ready for review on peoples return to the office.
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