Hiring season in industry?

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Hiring season in industry?

Postby Ridge » Wed Feb 16, 2005 9:57 am

I wanted to know if there is any such thing as a good time for hiring in the industry. If I had an option to choose between August and December for graduating, which one should I go for? I am a Phd Student in Chemical Engineering.
Please advice.

Hiring season in industry?

Postby Dave Jensen » Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:04 pm

Hi Ridge,

That's a real good question, one that hasn't come up before (that's hard to do!).

Industry has less of a "hiring season" than academia, which is very specific. Instead, industry hires all year long, with the single biggest boost after new budgets and hiring programs take effect in January. So -- my guess is that a graduation date in December will work ideally, unless you want a couple of months off to cruise around Europe first!

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Hiring season in industry?

Postby Val » Wed Feb 16, 2005 8:52 pm


In Australia, industry does not hire people in December and January, because it is a festive and holiday season. Hiring is going well before that or after that. Industry does not hire in June, because the financial year ends on 30 June. Employers wait until after the end of the financial year to see if they can devote funds to hire a new person. Similar reasoning can be applied to the US.

If one is on the job market, he should see the feature articles on companies in a business section of newspaper. After this publicity, their share price of such a company rises, and the company gets money to hire new staff. You can send your unsolicited application to the R&D manager.

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Hiring season in industry?

Postby Kelly Ann » Thu Feb 17, 2005 1:05 am

I graduated in December and had no problem finding a job (that started last week). However, some companies don't really open up their positions till the beginning of the year. One thing that I noticed was that with the holidays ... the timing for interviews gets a bit complicated (if you want to start right away). But that process will also be affected by when you start applying and when you want to start. However, if you can afford it, you'll find that a break could be really nice. It really depends on what you make of the situation.

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Hiring season in industry?

Postby Bill L. & Naledi S. » Thu Feb 17, 2005 1:19 am

For a PhD Chem Eng, I'd have to recommend December over August graduation dates, that is, IF you're at a large comprehensive university with a large engineering school. These kinds of universities have very active on-campus recruitment programs that bring in sometimes hundreds of recruiters for the engineering recruiting season, which is primarily in the Fall every year. While most of the companies come to campus to recruit BS level engineers, some will open their schedules for PhD's as well. So if you're around campus in the Fall, you could land quite a few interviews that way. Be sure to register with the campus career office's on-campus recruitment program very early to get the most advance exposure with these companies.

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