If you have had any experience searching for a job, you know that it can be a long and time-consuming process. As many begin looking for new positions, it can be difficult to know where to start and how to increase your chances of success. As the first quarter of the year comes to a close and the excitement of the new year calms, job seekers are beginning to wonder: is now the right time to begin my job search?
While it is true that many companies begin the year with fresh budgets and the need for new hires, the spring is still blooming with possibility! Understanding recruitment cycles and what exactly companies are looking for during the spring quarter may give you a better chance of being seen and securing that interview.
Let’s explore if spring is the best time to kickstart your job search!
Job shortage gives spring job searchers an advantage
Though the January/February hiring surge has passed, many companies are still searching for candidates. Jobs should remain available through the end of spring, even amidst an uncertain economic client.
Right now, there is a massive labor shortage in the U.S. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, there are currently 10 million open jobs and only 5.7 million unemployed workers. Job seekers can leverage this gap by maintaining their engagement with open job postings throughout the year.
Summer schedules may impact timing
With summer comes vacations, shorter work hours, and other out-of-office periods for many hiring managers. Because of these schedule discrepancies, interview processes could extend longer than usual or face a few start-stop disruptions.
Alternatively, if you begin your job search in the spring you may notice the interview process will be accelerated. Rather than prolonging the hiring process into summer, some companies will want to quicken their pace in order to place candidates before their vacations begin. This could work to your advantage and help to complete your spring job search faster. Not all companies follow this pace, so you’ll need to adjust your expectations from application to application and remember to be flexible.
Be prepared for competition in your spring job search
Because of the advantageous job market, many people are beginning their job search this spring. With so many candidates competition is high, so you have to do your best to stand out. Spending a bit of time every day working on your resume and building your interviewing skills could be what scores you your dream job.
Catalyst Career Group is committed to matching quality candidates with great companies all over the nation. We make it easy for job seekers with our friendly welcome orientation, informative event guides, and seminars specifically designed to help you advance your career at in-person and virtual job fairs.
And Private Recruiting Events allow you to meet with employers at their office, conference room, or virtually (over phone or video interview). While multi-company job fairs work well to meet many candidates for a broad range of positions, we’ll bring you directly to the door of the person who is hiring today.
Your company may be at risk of lost productivity if the right people aren’t found now. We’ll find the right hire for your business with candidate search and placement.
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