Is there a ‘hiring season’?
Posted On April 28, 2019
Minnesotans appreciate warm weather, especially after (the long. dark. cold.) winter. Which just ended.
We spend as much warm weather time as we can … outdoors.
Oh, you do this in winter too? Sure you do. In winter, I still spend time outside daily (I own four horses that need care, plus I love to ski). But it’s not the summertime dallying-until-dark-at-10pm.
Which brings two (seasonal) points to mind:
- Is there an optimal time to launch a job search?
- Summer: the art of not doing much
I’ve noticed distinct cycles to hiring activity (exception: software developers, who can waggle an eyebrow and get swarmed). How quickly things move depend on budgets (funded) and managers (in the office + able to interview) and need (definite).
For us non-developers, the hiring seasons look like this:
January: New budgets are being finalized and released. Once everyone’s back in the office after the holiday hiring doldrums, activity resumes. A very good time to launch your search.
February-March-April-May-June: There’s plenty of hiring activity; budgets are plentiful and new initiatives need to be staffed. Another good time to be active in your job search.
July-August: Activity slows: summer vacations and in August, people are getting kids ready for school. Not a great time to launch your search;
September – October – early November: Once school is back in session, hiring activity picks up and continues steadily until Thanksgiving (or until budgets run out, whichever comes first). A good time to be looking, as long as there’s still budget;
Thanksgiving – end of December: Probably the worst time to launch a job search. Hiring activity grinds to a halt as budgets are depleted and holiday season hits.
So there ARE optimal times to launch your search (unless you’re not working, in which case every season is a necessary one). If you’ve interviewed and haven’t heard anything, check the calendar: the season may be the reason.
Summertime, especially July and August, is probably the worst time to launch a job search.
Rather than being frustrated, hold off! Enjoy the warm weather and longer days. Spend time with family and friends. The people you want to connect with aren’t thinking about hiring, not really. They’re vacationing and getting kids ready for school.
Keep networking & exploring, always, but reserve your mightier efforts for fall (or the new year).
Is it the season to rebrand your professional self? Need some guidance?
I can help. Here’s a link to my calendar for a 15-minute, no strings conversation.