Project Management

Labor Day Payoff

Bob Weinstein is a journalist who covers technology, project management, the workplace and career development.

You wouldn’t be wasting an ounce of energy if you began your job search either before or in the few weeks following Labor Day—the psychological crossroads for most organizations. The Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial ending of summer. It’s also when companies rev up for fall and winter.
September is traditionally a time of change, growth and national optimism, according to Jeff Garton, president of Chicago-based career-coaching firm Career Contentment Inc. He is also the host of “Career Contentment Radio,” broadcast on the Business Radio Network. “People are ready to get back to work after Labor Day. And best of all, companies are ready to hire.”
Mike Principe, a principal at HR Staffing Solutions Inc. in Springfield, Va., dittoes Garton. “Traditionally, this is the period when decision-makers are back from vacations and beginning to beef up their staffs, replacing employees who quit their jobs either before or after the Labor Day weekend, and hiring new ones as well.”
HR professionals and headhunters have traditionally touted the beginning of the new year and Labor Day as the two best times to look for a new job, with the former time being the most fruitful period. Principe, however, says that the weeks following Labor Day are the best time to change jobs. “Sixty …

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