It's a January scene most know well: The gym gets so packed with new patrons who made a New Year's Resolution, it's next to impossible to get in a proper workout.
While the job market isn't a physical place, the same idea applies in the winter months. Picture sending out your resume after the holidays like trying to squeeze in reps at the gym in January. The same principle applies.
Tradition suggests one set a resolution for herself or himself come Jan. 1, and career changes rank among the more popular goals.
But with New Year's still a little more than a month away, resolve to get started on that resolution before the rush of new applicants flood the market.
Now is an especially ideal time, too. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' most recent Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) reports 5.5 million job openings heading into the fall.
Part-time and temporary hiring for seasonal jobs historically accounts for some of the openings available in September, October and November, but hiring often cools by December. The JOLTS numbers staying strong through the initial wave of seasonal hiring should translate to opportunities into 2017.
Moreover, the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) forecasts a 3% jump in salary budgets in 2017. Competition in pay should translate to a more friendly for seekers.
Getting a head start on January resolution-setters can prove advantageous. Think of that crowded gym scene -- now image a potential employers' inbox taking on that same look.
Start searching job boards now, if you don't anticipate seeing openings until after the holidays, when companies are typically more fully staffed. The results may surprise you.