As we enter a new year and return to everyday life, there are many of us who will be looking for new jobs and opportunities. Anyone who has ever had to seek employment knows just how difficult it can be, but what if there was a specific time during the year when it was easiest?
You may believe that due to the Internet and sites such as LinkedIn or the hundreds of other job sites available, seasons don’t really have an impact on when you’re most likely to be hired. This couldn’t be more wrong!
Without a doubt, the best time to start looking for a job is when you need one, but at this time of year you have a significant advantage. According to employment experts, not only is the new year a fresh start for you, it also represents the launch of hiring season for numerous companies and organizations. Employers will be embarking on new projects and initiatives, which means they will need additional staff.
A study conducted by Executives Online found that 36% more client briefs were issued in January 2013 than in the months beforehand. Meanwhile, the ratio of new candidates receiving new jobs was higher in January than any other month, a massive 24% higher than it’s runner up.
The quicker you are to send your application in the better, because most people neglect job seeking during the holiday season. There is a common belief that hiring managers will be away during the festive season and so sending out resumes is a waste of time. Although the former part of this idea may be true, those managers will be returning one day and will have positions to fill. If you send your resume to an employer right now, chances are you’ll be one of the first candidates they’ll see when it’s back to business.
Kathleen Brady, author of GET A JOB! 10 Steps To Career Success, told Business News Daily, “The seasons correlate to business cycles. During the first quarter, businesses ramp up to set the objectives and targets for the year. There is a flurry of hiring activity to support new initiatives, and to replace employees who announce their departure after collecting year-end bonuses.”
If the company you apply for executes their budgets according to a traditional calendar, chances are they will not only have a strong budget in place already, they may even have extra money to spend. Aaron Green, the proud owner of a staffing and recruitment firm, wrote, “businesses that report their financials on a regular calendar year may be waiting for new budgets to kick in after December 31–their headcount quotas may increase and they therefore may be very motivated to bring on new staff as soon as they can flip the page on the calendar. Or they may want to fill a position before their headcount quotas are reduced in the New Year’s budget.”
Meanwhile, summer is unanimously regarded as the worst possible time to job hunt. Studies show that productivity in the workplace can reduce by almost 20% throughout June to August, and that’s amongst employees who already have a job. This is widely known as the “Summer Slump” because employers are much more likely to go on vacation or avoid tasks that aren’t essential so that they get off work a couple of hours early than to sit and read dozens of resumes. The only jobs that do see a steady hiring rate throughout the summer months are outdoors trades such personal trainers.
If you’re looking for a job, it is time to ensure your resume is accurate, detailed, relevant and proofread. It’s time to start handing it out!
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