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How to perfectly time your job search for 2017

(BUSINESS NEWS) Timing is everything. If you’re looking for a job in the New Year, find out when the perfect time to job search is.

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Happy (almost) New Year!

As we embark on a new calendar year, we may be looking to make a few changes. For some of us, we are looking to change our jobs.

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The most frustrating part of this, aside from the sometimes discouraging interview process, is the job hunt itself. While we have a number of platforms at our disposal to look for opportunities, the well can be dry.

PS: If you’re job hunting in Austin, we have a popular digital jobs group worth checking out.

Good timing 

However, like with so many other things in life, timing is everything. And, with that, industry expert Peter Jones opines on how to perfectly time your 2017 job search:

January and February is allegedly the best time for the search.

As people resume to their day-to-day lives after the holidays, there is a resurgence of energy midway through January.

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At this time, the decision heads of the company are likely looking to make positive change in the New Year and may be looking to bring in new talent. The fact that many companies get their new hiring budgets in January is also an incentive to seek out new employees.

The middle months

March, April, and May are still a good time to apply, according to Jones. This is because people may be starting to get summer fever around this time, and additional hands may be required to pick up extra work.

June through August, as well as November and December, are not the best times to apply. These months find a drop in hiring and interviewing.

These are the more hectic times of the year where all the folks required to make hiring decisions may not all be in the same place at once. During this time, you’ll need to have a bit more patience if beginning a new search.

And remember, that these trends are national – your local area may be on a hiring spree this time of year.

And, all the rest 

With the summer months especially, companies see a heightened number of applications from many of the recent college grads who just swam their way into the professional world. While they are likely to be applying for entry-level positions, the number of resumes sent to hiring managers is still time consuming.

But, during September and October, hiring seems to pick up. The draught felt during summer is fixed during this time with more interviews and open positions.

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The fall season is second best to the beginning of the year. In any event, things have a tendency to happen when you least expect it; so, always be sure to keep an eye out when on the hunt for a new job.

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Staff Writer, Taylor Leddin is a publicist and freelance writer for a number of national outlets. She was featured on Thrive Global as a successful woman in journalism, and is the editor-in-chief of The Tidbit. Taylor resides in Chicago and has a Bachelor in Communication Studies from Illinois State University.

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