Jan 14, 2019 - 05:10 PM
Although each industry has its own seasonality (think tax season, school year, holiday shopping, etc.) most companies’ hiring timing usually respond to the regular business cycles, and fewer hires happen when the hiring managers are more likely to take vacations.
The best time to look for jobs is at the beginning of the year (end of January, February-March) when the budget for new staff is fresh and the needs from last year are still pending. April, May, and June are also good months to apply and not have to wait too long for an answer. June is particularly good for interns and recent grads aspiring to get entry-level positions since recruiters know and expect a wave of applications from all the students that just finished their school year. July and August tend to be slow because of summer vacations and summer hours. However, the pace starts to peak off again in September-October when hiring managers still have a budget and want to make sure they are covered on their staffing needs for the upcoming busy season. November and December can be the slowest months to get hired since managers are starting to close the year and get ready for the holidays.
Having said that, the best time to apply for jobs is right when you need it. Hires are done throughout the entire year and a slow season doesn’t mean that companies stop hiring altogether. Knowing the hiring seasons of the industry you plan to work on can help you estimate how much time and effort you’ll need to employ on your job search, taking into account the hiring cycles and trends.