For many years, I have tracked the cycles in hiring and job hunting to see if there are discernable patterns to job hunting success.
Although there have been exceptions (such as in the post-9/11 recessions), the two best times of the year to find work are in the period following Labor Day and in the period following the start of the new year.
The reasons for this are pretty simple.
In the post-Labor Day boomlet, job hunters believe that with summer vacations over, companies can get back to hiring. This longstanding myth creates a self-fulfilling prophecy that helps to create the result (in fact, summers are very strong periods for looking for work because companies find fewer choices so job hunters get great results).
In addition, managers want to exhaust their budgets and fulfill their commitments so more hiring is done to help them achieve objectives.
In the period after January 1, new budgets start to go into place, bonus are already determined (even if they haven’t been paid yet, people know when they will be receiving them and are willing to end a “bad situation”) and the Christmas lethargy comes to an end.
So, if you’ve been thinking of looking for work, act now.
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