When Is the Right Time to Job Search?


Your current job is not quite right, and you are thinking about looking for a new position. When is the best time to search for work? Are certain months, days or even times better than others?

The answer is yes. And, being aware of basic trends may give you an advantage. Here’s a quick overview.

The Best Month to Start Your Job Search

Traditionally, January and February are great months to look for employment. Companies are ready to get back to business after the holidays, and many organizations have new hiring budgets in hand. Also, as fewer managers take vacation time during this period, you are more likely to move through the hiring process quickly. The major downside is tighter competition. After all, finding a new job is a popular new year’s resolution.

March, April and May are another prime time to hunt for work. People who successfully found new positions in January and February have left vacant spots behind. Organizations are eager to fill these positions before summer.

June, July and August, on the other hand, are trickier. First, you will be competing with recent college graduates beginning in May. Second, lots of people take time off during the summer. Typically, companies make fewer hiring decisions and, as a candidate, you will face more delays.

A second surge of hiring takes place in September, October and early November. Some experts consider this the second-best time of the year to look for work. Once again, fewer vacations and an urgency to get things done before the holidays result in a smoother hiring process.

At the end of the year, December is the slowest month for hiring. Faced with holidays parties, time off and dwindling budgets, many businesses decide to put off finding new employees until January.

The Best Day to Find and Apply for a Job

According to a 2015 research study, companies posted the most jobs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with Tuesday at the top. Also, Tuesday was the most popular day for candidates to apply for a job. So, what day should you send in your application? Advice varies, but earlier in the week seems better. Hiring managers may set aside and forget about applications arriving late Friday afternoon. However, since 60 percent of candidates submit resumes within a week, sending your materials close to the posting date is probably the key factor.

The Best Time to Send Your Resume
The most common time for organizations to post jobs openings is 11 a.m., while candidate applications spiked at 2:00 p.m. If you want to get your resume in the door first, try to respond between 11 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., but proceed with caution. Quality beats speed. A generic application with typos submitted at 11:05 a.m. will lose out to a well-crafted resume tailored to the job description submitted at 3:45 p.m. on any given day.

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