Can searching for a job in a certain season improve your odds of getting hired? Here’s what job seekers should know about seasonal hiring cycles.
Sammi Caramela, B2B Staff Writer
Thinking about getting a new job? Don’t wait – now might be the best time of year for your search.
New York-based career coach Kathleen Brady says that “the seasons correlate to business cycles.” According to Brady, employers refocus after the summer, making early autumn, or mid-August through October, the best season for hiring.
“Department heads push for an increase to take advantage of remaining budget for the year,” she said. “Many realize they must hire before January or risk losing allocated funds for new employees. They also want to get new recruits in before the holiday season mindset takes hold in November.”
Once Thanksgiving hits, hiring typically slows until after the new year. The same happens in the summer as well, from Memorial Day to mid-August.
“Decision-makers are away in the summer, and they are focused on year-end business,” she said. However, you should use this downtime to research, network and prepare.
Just because you aren’t actively applying for positions doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look. Take advantage of every season, instead of tanning or lounging on the couch, to ready yourself.
“Since hiring is slow during those time periods, it is the exact right time to start a job search,” Brady told Business News Daily.
Finding success in your job search
Despite certain seasons being busier than others, you can still find success. Brady said there is a “certain recipe to job hunting regardless of the season.”
Look for gaps in hiring trends by researching your target industry and approaching potential employers accordingly. Perhaps a specific company is starving for new talent, and you have the right skills for the position. In that case, don’t wait.
Brady suggests also suggests taking an employer-centric approach to your search. Self-assessment is critical for understanding what you want from your future employer. But, remember, your joy and fulfillment is not an employer’s primary concern, said Brady.
“Focusing on what the employer needs, not just in the job itself, but also in the job search process, is what will make candidates stand out in the crowd,” she said. “It is the job seeker’s responsibility to figure out a way to translate their strengths, wants and needs into benefits for [the employer].”
Additional reporting by Chad Brooks. Source interviews were conducted for a previous version of this article.
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