I’m aware of my assumption that hiring slows down in the summer and during the holiday season. It makes sense, right? Everyone – or at least key personnel – goes on summer vacations. In my mind, everyone does it as a road trip, because that’s how I grew up: long windy weeks on a highway in middle America with little to no access to technology. Then there are the end-of-year holidays where the social calendar is so demanding that the weight of everything else just rolls off it’s back.
Why does this matter? If you’re looking for work it is important to know how much of the void — no responses, callbacks or signs of life – are actually because of your application versus circumstances beyond your control. In a targeted search of the internet, for my own benefit of knowledge, I found and pulled together what I would call a Hiring Lifecycle where Job Seekers can see dips in hiring and can plan for them. Here is what I found out and what I recommend you do about it:
Notice that I labeled the stages Q1 – Q4. Hiring does, in fact, pick up starting in mid-January and again in September. Based on this, I recommend that during the Summer Slowdown you focus more on networking and leveling up or adding to your skillset. For the end-of-year holiday season, my recommendation is that you spend your spare moments thinking about your Career Resolutions and create templates and update your resume to fit in with your new career goals.
From my own experience as a Career Coach, I have seen a stronger surge of clients in the Fall when, coincidentally, summer is over and school is back in session. Depending on your audience – list of target companies – the hiring lifecycle may not be this simple, which is why mastering your market through research and the ever-important informational interview will help you set both the tone and expectations for the job search ahead.