The Cycle

For almost 20 years, I have been recruiting into various industry sectors and providing different professions with market knowledge and employment services.

For almost 20 years, I have been recruiting into various industry sectors and providing different professions with market knowledge and employment services.  Over these years I have come to the conclusion that the employment market is a chain of events with a pattern through the year, which in my view at least, is quite interesting.

The beginning of the calendar year often brings a sluggish start to the recruitment market, that starts to pick up in February and March.  Some cite the reason for this being this is the post-Christmas/New Year blues.  Apparently the number of house moves, divorces and change of jobs is the highest in the first quarter of the year!  Easter tends to put a bit of a break on the recruitment market, however it does regain momentum in the months leading to the summer.

Summer then arrives and people’s attention moves to the holiday season.  Post summer holidays, the market ramps up again until late autumn, when the job market can either stagnate until Christmas or alternatively is exceptionally busy. That up or down trend seems to depend as much on macro-economics as it does on the British weather so can be unpredictable, personally I have had my best and worst moths in December, so there really is no rhyme nor reason, however October is usually a good indicator and the number of live vacancies points to a busy seasonal period.

So, when is the best time to enter the job market?  The simple answer is entering the market when the time is right for you.  From a personal prospective, I was made redundant from a job I loved some 20 years ago.  If I hadn’t been made redundant then I would have taken a very different career path.  I took advice, I researched what I wanted to do and finally analyzed what I am good at.  My motivator at the time was learning and developing my sales and people skills, so I joined a large blue chip recruitment firm and began my journey.

From a slightly different angle, when re-locating from London to Edinburgh, I looked at the companies that I wanted to align myself with.  In this scenario the company, location and culture were my key motivators.

When advising candidates these days, I look at what are the key skills that the individual has, the motivators of seeking a new role and finally why those motivations are important.  For some people money is the number one consideration, for others work life balance, career enrichment or generally seeking a change.

Either way, the point still remains that you will enter the job market in a time that is right for you, as such, the opportunities that you will see will also be right for you.

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