Recruiting does indeed follow a yearly cycle that’s fairly predictable. And that’s a good thing for job seekers unless those in the market for employment choose to ignore this proven tool. But why would a serious job seeker disregard such an obvious advantage?
Admittedly, those who need a job like now may have fewer options when it comes to timing. Still, the time of year can influence which field(s) an applicant with multiple skills will approach first. A candidate hoping to advance in his/her chosen industry or who are looking for a change in career can certainly benefit from attention to the recruiting cycle.
Keep in mind that key hiring periods often precede “boom” times in any given field. Which makes total sense as it’s too time-consuming and distracting to be hiring when the workload is the greatest. Job seekers who apply at the start of these pre-boom hiring cycles increase their chances of landing a job. That whole being in the right place at the right time gig.
Quarter one, especially the months of January and February, sees major hiring in some industries. After an extended break for the holidays, it’s a return to “business as usual” and a focus on the coming year. Hiring budgets have been approved, and bosses are intent on staffing for the coming year. There’s a let’s-get-down-to-business mentality that motivates the search for quality candidates.
Weather is a major factor in the second quarter, as the hiring pace for some industries that depend on fair weather double. The spring months of April, May, and June see an increase in the demand for construction related jobs as the peak period for new construction, remodeling, etc., approaches. Hiring in the hospitality and tourism industries peaks as well, in preparation for vacation season. And before the decision makers themselves enjoy some R & R, they’ll consider their need for professional staff in the fall.
The third quarter signals a lull in hiring as many businesses experience their busy period. Thoughts of recruitment return as August draws to a close and fall ushers in a more regular routine. In preparation for Christmas sales, retail establishments launch hiring campaigns in September in order to be staffed with well-trained employees before the busy shopping season begins
The fourth quarter presents a mixed bag, influenced by the upswing many companies experience in fall that leads into the busy holiday retail market. A business, as well as hiring lull, occurs in other industries in the late November through December holiday season. And end-of-year financial and budget planning require in-depth time and attention. Despite typically low hiring levels in December, job seekers may uncover opportunities as recruiters scramble to fill open positions at a time when applicants are often few.
While hiring happens year round and positions become available throughout the year for various reasons, it makes sense to hone in on the key hiring times in the fields in which an applicant is most interested in finding employment.
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