Some job seekers don’t have the luxury of waiting for the best time of year to search for a job. Others may look to move on from their current role, but aren’t sure when the best time of year is to find that perfect job. Here are the best times of the year to start a job hunt.
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When is the best time to search for a job?
If you’re in the market for long-term employment, the beginning of the year is a great time to find it. This is when most companies get a brand new budget to work with and can finally create much needed roles. Growing companies also have a clearer idea of what’s needed to continue growing. Therefore January and February are prime months for hiring.
Because of holidays and the general slow pace of January everywhere, the hiring process might not zip along as fast as it would during other times. Some hiring managers might not even post these new roles until mid-to-late January. That’s something to keep in mind for a winter job search.
While the new year is a great time to land new roles, winter hiring season will often stretch into summer. Companies are usually working with a long-term game plan and when building a strong workforce, they’re not in a big hurry.
However, the positions they’re putting off filling all the way into summer are usually less important roles. So the second best time to search for a job is March, which is the greatest time of the year to dive into the job boards. With each passing month, the pickings will get slimmer and slimmer.
By the time summer rolls around, that new year budget has dwindled and most roles have been filled, making summer the worst time for a job hunt. You’ll mostly see entry-level jobs and internships open up during summer for obvious reasons. This all just generally speaking, of course. Positions are opening up all the time for a variety of reasons.
Peaks and Valleys
Hiring patterns rise and fall pretty regularly throughout the year. So even though fall still isn’t the best time of the year, it tends to be better than summer. For whatever reason—schedules have calmed down and hiring managers can conduct more interviews, leftover roles need to be filled before executives decide to eliminate them—hiring takes a slight uptick in September and October before bottoming out for the holidays.
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