Why September Is the Perfect Time to Think about a New Career

September 01, 2017

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When it comes to finding a new career, timing really can be everything. Applying to a role at precisely the right time can dramatically increase your chances of landing your ideal job. Learning employers’ recruitment cycles can give you a decisive edge against your competitors.

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So, what makes September the perfect time to start thinking about a new career? We’ve got the answers, along with tips that will help you get hired this fall.

Summer Is Slow

One of the simplest explanations for why September is one of the best times of year to start applying for a new role is because summer in most industries is slow. Business only starts to pick up again at the end of August and beginning of September.

Unless your chosen career is in hospitality or the service industry, many businesses experience a slower production period during the summer months. Day-to-day activities are laxer, and there isn’t much need to hire extra employees unless it’s to cover summer vacations.

Once summer turns to fall, business picks up and the need for more people to run the organization increases. If you really want to get ahead of the game, start applying for new roles by mid-August—before employers have turned their full attention to their recruitment cycle— and follow up closer to September if you haven’t heard from them. A go-getter attitude will always benefit you; it will show your dedication to the organization.

New Projects Are Beginning

September is one of the busiest times of year for new projects, and employers will need additional help to ensure these projects run smoothly. The fourth quarter is crucial for many businesses—it’s often the time of year when profits finally start to surge, and employers need all hands on deck to close off the year successfully and ensure even more success for the upcoming year.

If you have experience working in teams or running projects as a leader, September is the perfect time for you to start looking for your new career. September marks the time when employers are seeking strong, independent professionals for their teams, and advertising yourself as such can improve your job search. This can be especially true of you also possess niche skills or work in an in-demand industry—employers will be looking for your talents in September.

Holiday Preparation Time

Where summertime is slow for most businesses, the winter holidays are often the busiest—and it takes time for employers to properly train and onboard new employees to deal with the oncoming rush.

September is the ideal time for a job seeker to search for a new career and get adjusted to the new role before it gets too busy to benefit from a learning program.

It’s Ideal for Freelancers and Contract Workers

A big trend in the modern hiring industry is the shift towards supplementing full-time workers with freelancers and contract workers. It allows employers to hire as needed and can prove beneficial if they need specific, hard-to-find talents for certain projects.

It can be ideal for job seekers too, as it allows them to create their own schedules, work at their own pace, and develop their own payment rates for certain projects. If you’re looking to start your career as a freelancer, September is the best time to make the leap. Not only are employers actively searching for new talent in the fall, they’re also beginning to look further into the future—making it a great time to advertise the advantages of hiring you for their project-based needs.

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Nicola Malcolm

Nicola Malcolm

Nicola has over 20 years of staffing industry experience with global, international, and Canadian firms. She has a broad knowledge base from having worked at a temporary recruitment desk, as an on-site manager in a global warehouse and manufacturing company, and in marketing, IT and operations. In addition, Nicola managed a portfolio of MSP/VMS accounts for a global MSP, and currently manages the staffing supply of 10+ Canadian MSP/VMS programs. In her spare time, Nicola uses her recruiting background to help her family, friends, and personal network find meaningful work opportunities. She also enjoys applying her operational skills to plan family trips abroad as often as possible.

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