Why? The holiday lull has passed and everyone is coming back to work from vacation. Most companies receive their updated budgets and sales forecasts at the beginning of the year, so recruitment is on their minds.
Executives will carefully analyze their budgets to determine how many people they need to hire (and when). This is an especially great time to seek out full-time, salaried positions.
Timing Is Key
So, if January is a great month to job hunt, should you send your resumes out on January 1?
Not so fast. While January is a good month for recruitment, a lot depends on what time of the month you start looking.
Remember, the holiday lull has just passed. Many people extend their holiday vacations into the first or even second week of January. It often takes a few weeks to get caught up and back into the normal workflow.
Keep in mind, too, that new budgets don’t always come through until midway (or even later) in the month. This means hiring managers might not even know how many people they need to bring onboard until mid or late January.