If you’re currently searching for a new job but can’t seem to find one, chances are the field in which you are looking just isn’t hiring at the moment. The unexpected truth is that job hunting can be seasonal, and some companies only hire at certain times of year. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best and worst times of year to search for a job:
- The beginning of the year: January and February are widely considered the best months for job hunting, especially coming off of the slow holiday season. Lots of companies conduct interviews, attend job fairs, organize seminars and are looking to hire.
- September and October: Though second to hiring in the winter months, coming off of slow summers, more employers are looking to hire. The hiring process will also be a lot quicker with smoother transitions because vacations will be over.
- November and December: During the holiday season, most people are distracted with vacations and closing out the year. Managers typically postpone their search for new team members until after the start of the new year. If you’re job hunting during these months, it’s best to use this extra time to refine your resume. Start the new year off by diving into your job search right away.
- June, July and August: Summer is definitely not the best time to look for a job. Again, everyone is distracted with vacations, which makes scheduling interviews nearly impossible. However, if you are looking for an opportunity to make yourself really stand out, summer may be the perfect season, as fewer people will be job hunting during this time.
Though statistically these are the best and worst times to job hunt, always remember that you will never be hired for a job that you did not apply for. While there are times of the year that your search may prove to be more fruitful, it’s best to always be proactive in your search and prepared for anything.