Annual Hiring Cycle

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Have a prosperous and rewarding 2018. I’m starting the New Year with an article consolidating the posts in the series about the annual recruiting cycle. It provides a framework for aligning your job hunting strategy throughout the year with the realities of what other activities fill the calendar. Click HERE to read the full article. In the next few weeks, I’ll be revisiting the issue of creating a resume that successfully leaves the right impression and addresses what the right impression is. There is an important change about what experiences should be included especially if you are seeking a role in a Fortune 500 Company. Best, Judith

Do you know how to plan your job search to take advantage of the Year-End rush? (Part 9 of 9)

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Answer: While most hiring managers think their timetable to complete a search is unique, it is subject to the realities of when decision-makers have time to complete the process and extend an offer. There really is a cycle. As we follow the hiring process through the year, here is another blog post about activities in the Year-End rush for hiring that occurs in December through New Year’s Week and the key to scheduling these activities. CALENDAR – December through New Year’s Week. EVENTS – Holiday break. For job seekers, this is the time to attend professional association receptions, contact business associates to meet socially, and prepare to job hunt in …

Do you know how to plan your job search to take advantage of the fourth quarter hiring activities and the year-end rush? (Part 8 of 9)

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Answer: While most hiring managers think their timetable to complete a search is unique, it is subject to the realities of when decision-makers have time to complete the process and extend an offer. There really is a cycle. As we follow the hiring process, here is a blog post about activities during the last quarter of the year. If you missed the first post of the series which started in the fall, here is an update wrapping up the year. CALENDAR – September to December. EVENTS – September, October November (until Thanksgiving Week ) include Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Thanksgiving. End of Year Rush (Thanksgiving through Dec. 31) with …

Do you know how to plan your job search to take advantage of the secondary hiring cycle? (Part 7 of 9)

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Answer: While most hiring managers think their timetable to complete a search is unique, it is subject to the realities of when decision-makers have time to complete the process and extend an offer. There really is a cycle. As we follow the hiring process through the year, here is another blog post about activities during the Secondary Hiring cycle that starts in May and June with breaks over the summer months and ends in September — along with a list of events that affect scheduling of hiring activities. CALENDAR – May & September. EVENTS – May and June include Memorial Day Weekend at the end of May, the informal start …

Do you know how to plan your job search to take advantage of the final interview and decision-making phase of the primary annual hiring cycle? (Part 6 of 9)

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Answer: As we follow the hiring process through the year, here is another blog post about activities during the final phases of the primary annual hiring cycle during the months of May and June—along with a list of events that affect scheduling of hiring activities. CALENDAR – May & June. EVENTS – Memorial Day Weekend at the end of May, the informal start of summer and vacations and High School and College graduations. We are reaching the final stage of the interviewing process. Hopefully there are three finalists that are under serious consideration. In some cases, one of the three meets the most senior officer; in other cases, two are …

Do you know how to plan your job search to take advantage of the research phase of the primary annual hiring cycle? (Part 5 of 9)

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Answer:  While most hiring managers think their timetable to complete a search is unique, it is subject to the realities of when decision-makers have time to complete the process and extend an offer. There really is a cycle. Here is a blog post about activities for the months of March and April related to the research phase of the primary annual hiring cycle. CALENDAR – March & April. EVENTS – Easter Sunday and Passover; Spring Break which varies from region to region and the Trade Show Season swings into high gear. Rule number one is that a search will always take longer than a job seeker expects—and that the hiring …