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“Is now a good time to look for a job?”

ESS Candidate Newsletter – NOVEMBER 2020

Columbus, OH – NOVEMBER 2020

In this month’s, ask the recruiter, we discuss things you should NOT do as a candidate.

Introduction – Aaron Wandtke
Positions Filled in the Last 30 Days
Ask the Recruiter “Is now a good time to look for a job?”


Even though the weather is cooling down this time of year, the job market appears to be thawing in the healthcare segment. Overall, the US unemployment went from 14.7% in April to 7.9% in September. Typically, white collar jobs are 50% of the 7.9% rate reported which means it is under 4%.

At ESS, we have had new companies reaching out to us for recruiting help. We always have some clients that are always hiring while others who slow down. As new companies continue to reach out, we have access to new positions from a more diverse group than we have historically had. Additionally, we have seen an uptick in the number of people ready to make a job change.

During the early months of COVID, most people stopped their job search completely.  We began seeing an uptick in June and it appears it will continue into 2021 as people have adjusted to working from home while some companies have made other changes prompting people to reconsider a job change.

One of our recommendations for this time of year is to update your resume with your 2020 accomplishments. Regardless if you are changing jobs or not, it is in your best interest to capture your accomplishment for future reference whenever you decide to look for a new role.

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Ask the Recruiter – “Is now a good time to look for a job?”

There has been a false perception that November and December are NOT good months to be looking for a job. Our 20 years of data tell us this is not true. In fact, the fourth quarter is typically our second-best quarter of the year, sometimes our best.

In the fourth quarter, people are done with vacations, kids are back in school and companies are working on their 2021 plans. This year vacations and back to school are off the table for many people so companies have remained focused on filling positions. Departments often have money they need to spend as well as initiatives they need to complete by 12/31.  Because of this, companies tend to be more productive during the fourth quarter.

The other initiatives companies work through is hiring of new staff.  Do they want new people to start on January 1st or do they want to start the search on January 1st.  Our historical data tells us it is 50/50 on what companies prefer to do.  Companies who wait until January 1st tend to take a longer time to fill openings then companies committed to fill the role by December 31st.

If you are considering a job change, you should determine if you are willing to accept a new role before December 31st.  This year is unusual as everyone is experiencing new challenges for the first time.  By now, companies have found an interview and on-boarding process that works for them. If you have not interviewed recently, please contact us so we may share some best practices for video interviews.

If there is anything, I can do to assistance you in the interview process, please let me know.

I can be reached at 614-885-8490 or by e-mail at