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The Best Time to Look for a Job is the Spring

Posted on April 19, 2022 under Career & Work

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The Spring job market wants YOU…like, yesterday. In this article, you'll learn why the best time to look for a job is the Spring.

Most people know that putting your house on the market in the spring yields the best buyers and prices.

Just the same, packaging and pitching yourself into the spring job recruitment market captures strong momentum with hiring managers.

Historically, Spring is the most common time for existing employees to take new jobs elsewhere, and leave their old spots open for job seekers.

There are a few key motivational factors that generate the mass ‘jumping ship' during this Spring.

This is what makes spring the best time to look for a job:

1. Financially speaking it’s bonus season. For those who want to make a move to a new job, they don't want to miss the eligibility cutoff date for next year's bonus at a new job. So they have to make moves.

2. Pair that with the Spring season itself, the natural time of change and growth.

3. Sitting on top of all that is of course, The Great Resignation.

All this Spring time movement creates job vacancies that may or may not have been anticipated by HR.

You could think of it as career musical chairs…

All this moving around leads to hiring managers, HR managers and recruiters being on the sharp lookout to fill crucial roles.

These factors combined create a hot opportunity for you, the job seeker.

Take one of my clients who is in real estate investment as an example.

He started his job search in mid-January and had one offer by late February… that he ultimately decided to decline.

But on a Friday afternoon a few weeks ago in March, he had THREE offers – all from competitors – with the value of $500K each.

Spring is indeed blossoming.

Are you ready to take advantage of the natural spring season momentum and the best time to look for a job?

– Kelley Joyce, MBA, CPC

Kelley is a career development coach who is dedicated to helping people discover their career path and land their dream jobs. Kelley and her partner Josh live in New York City from which she has served hundreds of professionals across the U.S., U.K., and Australia since 2012 to radically change their relationship with work.

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