What’s the best season to job search?

August 20, 2014

So it's time to go job searching. Whether out of work for awhile or just looking to move on, the resume's been updated, the cover letters prepared, the staffing agencies have been contacted. But is it the right season to be looking? A Boston.com report detailed the pros and cons of seasonal job searching and said that whenever the need arises is the best time to begin. 

Slow for the summer
Generally hiring slows in the summer months as people go on vacation and working staff are performing in jobs left behind by the vacating workers, but some companies work to take advantage of the "lull," recruiting while other companies rest. The Boston.com story said productivity in businesses that adopt a more casual summer demeanor drop by upwards of 20 percent during the warmer months. After Labor Day, however, hiring tends to accelerate, according to the report.

Fast-paced Fall
When summer-slaked staffers return to the office after the Labor Day weekend, the story found, hiring activity ramps-up as companies look to get their financial houses in order as the end of the fiscal year approaches. Some part-time hiring is made and hiring managers are also looking at supplementing their staff for holiday rushes with IT workers needed to operate and maintain the company website. 

Winter is a busy time for hiring agents as seasonal industries bring in large numbers of temporary workers. Full-time hiring picks-up for non-seasonal industry, as businesses look to add new employees before the following year's budget changes kick-in. Spring, noted the source, is an up-and-down month for hiring with a number of seasonal and part-time hires as schools end and students flood the workforce.

Hiring industry online magazine, Buyer, said the best employees for seasonal positions are sending out their information to recruiters and hiring managers mostly in the spring months. That's why companies may be best suited to look for workers in advance of the official graduation season at area colleges.

Seasonal jobs have definitive hiring and layoff times while non-seasonal positions seemingly have the spring and winter months to garner top-notch candidates. Both articles said fewer full-time positions are becoming available because companies have more options available to them with more job seekers willing to perform temporary, contract or part-time jobs. 

The time to look for work, said Boston.com, is up to each individual candidate. Knowing how the hiring world works in a general fashion will certainly help any job searcher optimize their efforts in landing the position that's best suited for their skill sets.