March Comes in Like a Lion, and Out Like a Job!


If your New Year’s resolution to find a new job has stalled, you’re not alone. Tons of your peers are watching LinkedIn and pinging their networks, impatiently waiting for the jobs to appear. Don’t get discouraged — get ready. The job market will look a lot like the Wild West, and February through March is when it all gets started.

Yes, friends – the coldest, most miserable time of the year is also the best time to put your job search into overdrive. Here’s why February and March are the best time to put your job search in high gear.

Companies Finally Have Their Acts Together

Sure, a lot of companies plan to kick off their hiring push in January, but few actually do. The first week was a wash; your future boss was still shaking off the “holi-daze”, and getting themselves organized to tackle the new year. The rest of January was generally devoted to getting approval for business strategies and budgets, finishing off performance reviews, doling out raises and bonuses, and sometimes — sadly — even letting people go to clear the way for new talent. If you haven’t gotten the traction you’re looking for, don’t worry. It’s not you — it’s them.

Top Talent is Just Waiting for the Check To Clear

Job satisfaction rates are in the gutter. According to Gallup’s 2015 State of the American Workplace Report, only 32% of employees are engaged in their work. That’s nothing compared to the 54% who are willing to leave their current employer for just a few dollars more. And now that profitability is rebounding and bonuses are coming back, a whole lot of those folks are going to be diving overboard. February marks the start of bonus season, and as soon as those checks clear, a ton of resignations will follow, opening up a lot of new doors for savvy job-seekers.

Job Postings Are Starting to Pour In

Now that budgets are approved, the corporate housekeeping is complete, and hiring managers have finally gotten their heads around the new year, the jobs will start to appear by the score. Of course, job boards shouldn’t be the centerpiece of your job search strategy (nothing beats good old fashioned networking), but they’re a great indicator of hiring activity across the board.

So here we are — org charts are set, budgets are approved, and the real race for talent is about to begin. If there was a time to have your resume and LinkedIn Profile ready to go, it would be now. You’re probably already noticing that your connections are landing new jobs. Hopefully, you’ll be next.

Of course, you’re hardly the only one who’s been refreshing job listings like mad and wondering where everything is. Competition will be fierce out there, so keep your game face on and be prepared to play the long game.


About facet
FACET is a human resources consulting firm specializing in the four phases of the Talent Management Cycle: Attract, Retain, Develop, and Transition. The Group's practice specifically addresses facilitation of smooth career/life transitions for individuals leaving organizations as well as career management, leadership training and coaching for employees whose assignments within organizations are impacted by change or other organizational needs. By application of several directions of pursuit, the corporation accomplishes a single goal: maximum utilization of human resource potential and productivity through efficient hiring, training and career development. The Facet Group was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana. As an ARBORA GLOBAL PARTNER, The Facet Group shares a parallel philosophy of the highest quality and standards with other owner invested firms. Through this network, we provide services worldwide. To address organizational needs outlined by its clients, The Facet Group offers a comprehensive package of workplace consulting services, focusing on providing high quality, creative programs which favorably impact the bottom line.

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