When is the best time to look for a new job?

Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 by Heather DuhigNo comments

When is the best time to look for a new job?


When is the best time to look for a new job?


Recruitment has a variety of seasons in which some periods are better than others for job hunting. We are going to outline some of these well-known trends within the recruitment year to help you plan for your next career move.

Keep in mind, you may need to find a new job at any point in the year, and there are plenty of opportunities to do this. So, don’t feel you must wait till the months highlighted below to make a career change or find a new role.


January & February

January and February are the prime months for searching for long term roles. Many companies avoid advertising positions during December and instead wait till January, once people return from the holidays. This is also the time when many will receive their yearly budgets and find opportunities for growth within the company.

Do remember though, many people will be returning from holidays over the festive season, and reviewing budget allocations can be timely which could delay the hiring process. Aim to start sending CV’s mid to the end of January.


March, April & May

Although January and February yield the most hires, there are ample opportunities for hiring within spring. Try to apply for roles as early as possible, as many hiring managers will want to kick off any recruitment before the busy summer months. If you are looking for a role around the late April and May time, a benefit could be that the hiring process could be speedier due to companies having less time and needing roles filled with more urgency.  


June, July & August

Summer is not the ideal time to be applying for jobs. Many companies will have spent much of their HR budget before summer and have less resources available. Business are also likely planning for the festive months and reviewing the first quarter before making any decisions on hiring. This doesn’t mean there are not roles around, but you may have to look harder for them and they may not be the high paying roles advertised at the beginning of the year.


September & October

Similar to January and February, September and October often have another burst of jobs advertised once normality returns after summer. With more people back in the office, there is more time to dedicate to the hiring process. With the end of the year approaching, there is often a large push to spend any remaining resources. You will also find many positions that weren’t filled during the summer due to limited time are filled with more urgency.


November & December

These months are great for any seasonal work, but anyone looking for permanent roles may struggle. As the build up to Christmas approaches, and many employees’ personal lives becoming increasingly busy, recruitment is often put on hold till the new year. Many will also of spent all the budget for hiring for the year and will want to wait till January before recruiting.


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