When Is the Best Time to Look for a Job?

August 31st, 2017

By Rhys Metler, Toronto Sales Recruiter

When to look for a job is a common question our recruiters receive, especially in today’s marketplace, where millennials and proactive professionals are always on the lookout for their next career move.

People switch jobs now more than ever. They are less eager to wait around for companies to give them a promotion if they know another company is willing to give it to them.

Obviously, if you are currently out of work, then NOW is the best time to look. But there are certain times of the year and points in your career where it makes sense to look for a job to increase your job search success rate.

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The truth is there is never a bad time to consider your career options, especially if you are unhappy in your current position and you are ready for a change. Even if you are happy in your current role, it’s never a bad idea to take a look and see what is available. You never know when a career-making opportunity could present itself. Being in your current role also gives you the leverage to hold out until you find the right role.

December

December may not initially come to mind when you think of best times to look for a job. Why is December an ideal month to look? Because everyone else is preoccupied with the holidays.

“Unsurprisingly, with people running around with their hair on fire trying to prepare for the holidays, there is just a lot less competition for the positions that are open—and yes, there are positions open. (I’ll get to that in a minute.) With fewer people applying for jobs, it’s ultimately easier to stand out from the crowd. Don’t make the mistake of thinking December is the month for slacking off—this could actually be the month your efforts pay off the most,” says Lily Zhang on The Muse.

The New Year

Yes, it is the time of year where you set your New Year’s resolutions, and finding a job may be one of them, but this is not why January is a good time to search for a job. With a new calendar year comes more budget money, meaning companies have more resources to invest in recruiting and hiring.

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Fall

This is perhaps one of the most popular times of the year to look for a job, and for good reason. With most professionals using up their vacation days to enjoy the summer, and with people in and out of the office during those months, hiring often gets put on the back burner until fall. September and October are good months to be fully engaged in your job search because companies are also fully engaged in recruiting.

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IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm supporting clients across the country. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Technology (IT), Accounting and Finance, Consumer Goods, eCommerce and Retail, Financial Services and Insurance, B2B and Industrial, Operations and HR, Professional Services and Legal, Media, Digital and Marketing, Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences, Emerging Technology and Telecom, and  Sales. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Rhys Metler

Rhys is Director, Client Services of IQ PARTNERS‘ Sales practice and leads the SalesForce Search recruitment team. He specializes in prospecting new business relationships, client retention and renewals, and building top performing Sales teams in even the most challenging environments.