Recruitment is a brilliant industry to work within, helping people find their dream jobs and improve their quality of life – things don’t get much better!
As with any industry there are peaks and troughs throughout the year in which things speed up and slow down. However, for those that are considering looking for a job within the next year, or even working with a recruiter to find a candidate, it may be useful to know the key seasons and times within recruitment.
After all, timing could be crucial to finding the correct calibre of candidate for the role.
The January Boom
As Christmas a key time in people wanting to change their jobs, it makes sense that January is a very busy time for recruiters. Research has also found that more senior roles are on the table during January and February, so for those looking to take the next step in their career this could be a good time to make that move.
Spring into hiring
For specific industries that work regularly outdoors, such as construction, hiring increases rapidly during spring. The improvement in the weather means that construction projects begin around this time and therefore those working within the industry are most likely to find a new role within the Spring months.
Summer is a great time of year – the kids are off school and many of us take time off to relax and recuperate. However, for recruiters and candidates this time of year can be slow, even though employers are looking to hire, these decisions may not be made until key members of staff are back in the office to select the right candidate.
Many of us are also too focused on our upcoming holidays to think about making a job move, so June, July and August are quiet times within recruitment.
Back in the office and back to recruitment
Once the summer holidays are over, research has found that employers often make their move to boost their hiring. This is most likely because the decision makers are back in the office and therefore the recruitment process can then take place smoothly.
For job seekers, this could be the ideal time to make the steps for applying for new roles, as the right people are often in the office it is more likely that you will receive a decision without having to wait because someone is out of the office.
Christmas: heaven or hell?
Depending on your industry, Christmas is either heaven or hell! Recruiters often aim to fill their remaining positions before the year ends. However, in terms of new roles there often doesn’t tend to be new opportunities released until January.
Most of the seasonal hiring is also already complete by December, which hopefully gives recruiters some time to relax before a hectic start in the new year!
We’d love to know your opinion
As with all of the topics we explore, we’d be keen to know what you think of how seasonal recruitment is, do you find that January is the busiest time? Whatever your opinion it would be great to hear from you.