Why the next 8 weeks are critical for your job search
Sep 08, 2015
To boost your chances of getting a new gig before 2016, put the hunt in high gear now.
Summer has come and gone. And while you may have paused your job search efforts over June through August figuring your free time was better spent at the beach or in the backyard, you may want to ramp up now that fall is on the horizon. Just as the kids are headed back to school, you should get back to your job search.
You’ve got a terrific shot at landing a new position before 2016. But you’ll want to move fast for the best odds.
To understand why, you need to understand how recruiting actually works, and why there’s a seasonality even in hiring for nonseasonal positions.
The fiscal year is almost over
The most important thing to know: Many organizations work on a calendar year for budget purposes. That puts increased pressure on hiring managers to fill open roles before the end of December—otherwise leadership begins to question if the role was really necessary in the first place. If there hasn’t been a hire made before 2015 wanes, you can bet the hiring manager’s boss won’t approve the added headcount for next year’s budget.
The next two months are mission critical
Now, to complete this search by the end of the year, the offer letter needs to be extended by early to mid-December. Working backwards from there, interviews would need to be conducted in November, and the job listing itself would need to go up by late October at the latest.
In other words, keep your eyes peeled for new opportunities these next eight weeks.
Keep in mind that it’s in recruiter’s best interest to move the process along swiftly for job ads posted in fall. The hiring managers want you to succeed in order to minimize their own pre-holidays stress and workload.
The competition is going into hibernation.
While you get back to your job search, many other job seekers will stay on siesta—figuring they’ll wait until after the holidays and into the new year. So you could have an opportunity to really stand out among a lack of viable candidates.
Bottom line: If you have reservations about a fall job search put them aside now. And if you’ve been looking to no avail for a while, remember that your job search is a marathon, not a sprint. Keep on putting one foot in front of the other, and sooner or later you’ll propel yourself to an awesome job.
Monster’s career expert Vicki Salemi has more than 15 years of experience in corporate recruiting and HR and is author of Big Career in the Big City. Follow her on Twitter at @vickisalemi
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