The job-hunting process is relatively lengthy and starts well before you start applying for roles. All of the time you spend tweaking your resume and preparing for interviews adds up when finding a new job. While a lack of success can make you lose motivation and make you assume staying in your current role is the easy option, finding a new job is often a struggle because the timing is off. It feels like a never-ending process because the reality is nobody has control over the time of year you should find a job. Although, some periods tend to be more popular for new roles compared to others. So, if you’re hunting for your first career or think it’s time for a change by taking on more responsibilities, here’s the best time of year, day of the week and time of day for finding a new job.
Look for a new role at the beginning time of year
Unfortunately, there isn’t one unified rule or universal hiring season across every industry. Each industry, company, role and position is different. However, the beginning of the year tends to be the best time for people to look for a new job, compared to the end of a year as we head towards the holiday season.
The transition to the New Year and even in February is where most businesses hit their stride. They have yearly plans and need to bring in new employees to hit their ambitious targets so they can keep growing.
Plus, businesses tend to start the planning for January or February hiring a couple of months earlier. They need to complete their budgets to work out how many people they can actually afford to hire — then they’ll begin posting job ads out in December in preparation for January and February.
It isn’t just for financial reasons either. How many times have you decided in January that this is the year you’ll take the gym seriously? Or this is the year you’ll quick your boring 9-5 and embark on the exciting digital nomad lifestyle you’ve been planning in your head for three years?
Companies are aware of this. They know the New Year is a time where people reflect on where they’re at in life, their current job, the responsibilities they have and that they’ll make resolutions to go out there and find new opportunities. Then it’s a domino effect — when people find a new job, it opens doors for other applicants to move on. This desire to change is why January and February are the best time of year to find a new job.
A Monster study confirms this too. Their Year in Jobs report shows January is the busiest month for job searches, with eight of the top 10 days for job searches happening in January. If you want to find a new job, work on your resume now, start looking in December and be ready to make a move in January or February.
Find a new job early in the week and in the mornings
Believe it or not, studies also show there are better days of the week and hours to search for a new job.
SmartRecruiters conducted a fantastic study on over 240,000 companies which revealed the answers. Their analysis suggests the best day to find a new job is early in the week, especially on Tuesdays. This is because Mondays and Tuesdays tend to be the days recruiters and hiring managers release new job postings, giving them more time to collate resumes.
Not only that, but the study also suggests most employees are interviewed and hired on a Tuesday too. Regarding the time of day to find a new job, the businesses that responded to the survey claimed late mornings are the most effective when finding a new job.
The reason? It’s the time recruiters will publish new job listings. In a traditional 9-5 role, it’ll take them some time to settle in and plan for the day ahead, giving them a valuable few hours to publish new job adverts.
When looking for a new job in January or February early in the week, try and apply between 11 am and 2 pm. You won’t be the only one applying for a new role, so don’t leave it too late or submit an application out of hours. These are prime hours to get your resume seen by the right person.
When to avoid finding a new job
The holiday season and the middle of the summer are a no-no.
It’s when employees are on vacation and nobody is thinking about moving on to another position just yet. That means there won’t be many vacancies available in the first place. Plus, starting a new, exciting role right at the height of summer can be pretty challenging.
Then consider a business’ budget and growth goals. What if they aren’t on track? Chances are they’ll tighten the purse strings a little and freeze any hiring plans until they’re back on track. Instead, tweak your resume during these months, so it’s always relevant and accurate.
Find a new job in January and February, early in the week and in the mornings — and start the new role as soon as possible, too. This gives you time to use Q1 to settle in and then excel in Q2 onwards.
If your resume isn’t up to scratch, though, then it doesn’t matter what time of year you choose to find a new job. The first step is to make sure your resume is unmissable and challenging to put down.
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