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Monster reveals the busiest week of the year for job search

Before you sign off on your 2019 hiring strategy, take a look at some of Monster’s job search numbers to see when—and where—candidates are searching most.

Monster reveals the busiest week of the year for job search

January is right around the corner and you know that that means: New Year’s Resolutions.  More people will be dusting off their resumes than at any other time of year. Think this is just a theory? It’s not. And we’ve got the data to prove it.

As 2018 year winds down, we looked back at the year’s job search data to help identify what some of the top trends for next year. We found the most popular months, week, and even time of day job seekers spent looking for jobs, as well as the top cities searched.  

So, get your job ads and hiring strategies ready. Monster’s 2018 job search data can help you make the right decisions about where and when to spend your hiring dollars this year.

January starts the year strong

At a time when unemployment is at an all-time low and it can seem harder than ever to find the right candidates, so being able to jump on the hottest time of year is the absolutely best way to start your year right.

So get your January hiring plans ready, because that’s when seekers are fired up and ready to make a move.

The very top day for job search in 2018 was January 9th which makes sense, because it gave people time to make those New Year’ Resolutions, refine their resumes and get searching.

But the real work happened a few weeks later, and that’s what we found most interesting.  

Almost the entire week of January 22 had days that made it into our top 10 biggest days for job search.  This gives you plenty of time to create a strategy targeting that third week in January, which could involve a combination of standard job ads, social job ads and even time to tune up your employer branding.

As for the rest of the year, things slow down a bit in February, but March is our second busiest month for job search so make sure you’ve got a plan in place for that spike.  Searches dip again in May, but remain steady until September, after which we notice an expected slowdown in November and December.

Top cities searched

If your company hires nationwide, it might be helpful to know which cities candidates are searching most on Monster. Here’s a lost of our top 10 cities, per capita:

  1. Pittsburgh, PA
  2. Atlanta, GA
  3. Orlando, FL
  4. Tampa, Fl
  5. Richmond, VA
  6. Buffalo, NY
  7. Boston, MA
  8. Cincinnati, OH
  9. Cleveland, OH
  10. St. Louis, MO

Hopefully that helps you get started as you plan your 2019 hiring strategy. Want to set some plans in motion now? Our self-service job ads are easy to use and can get your jobs in front of those eager candidates at just the right time.