To embark on a successful job search, we all know that you have to be incredibly organised. This means a daily routine like, and yet unlike, that of someone in employment.
The search for a job in Europe
Being a jobseeker isn’t just about sitting in front of a computer screen all day and night. It’s important that we set aside essential time to be spent on preparation, evaluation and, of course, procrastination.
But what time do different nationalities actually sit down to get the job done– or found?
Indeed is a multinational indexer that spans 60 countries and receives 200 million visits per month and with their extensive database of jobseekers they can shed some light on the trends in the behaviour of Europe’s jobseekers.
The six European countries they focused on were: the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, France and Belgium.
Which side are you on? Morning or afternoon?
As a jobseeker, you might want to take a peek at the routine of the competition…
A jobseeker’s lunch
Our daily routines and customs generally differ from those of our neighbouring countries. Searching for jobs is no exception and there are some clear patterns and habits that some nations have and others don’t.
Looking at a graph of Indeed’s average daily traffic, there is a huge drop in activity in France and Belgium around midday until around 2pm.
What time do you take your lunch break?
What does this mean? That French and Belgian jobseekers take a very visible lunch break in the middle of the day.
Meanwhile Germans, Dutch, British and Irish jobseekers soldier on.
Giving jobseekers wings
In terms of what time of the day – or night - candidates are most active the Germans are, unsurprisingly, the early birds of Europe.
To continue the ornithological analogy, there are plenty of worms for German early birds to catch in the current European job market.
German is currently the most demand language in Europe behind English.
English may be the most demanded language in Europe but at the same time there is no shortage of English speakers across Europe. Finding Germans speakers to fill the ever-growing number of opportunities for them is much more of a difficult task.
Are you an early bird or a night owl?
So, if you’re a company trying to hiring German speakers, you’ll have to get up early to catch these early birds.
However, as the Germans start settling down for the evening, the night owls are just getting started.
According to the figures the nation that searches for jobs the latest in the day is the Irish.
What companies want to know
I’m sure many of you at the other end of the hiring process and looking to hire candidates are wondering how you can take advantage of these statistics.
Well we can reveal that the peak time in terms of jobseeker activity is between 11am and 2pm.
So if you were looking for some advice on posting job offers then those are the times that would offer them the most immediate attention.
Good to know as a jobseeker
It is worth bearing in mind, however, that this knowledge is not necessarily a carefully guarded secret, and therefore your offers may be somewhat swamped by other companies taking advantage of the peak in candidate activity.
So no matter whether you’re a busy jobseeker or a hiring company wondering when the best time to post your jobs on Europe Language Jobs is, I hope you take advantage of this peek into the habits of European jobseekers.
Oh, and the Irish are extra active on Tuesdays!
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Aug 1, 2017 by Dan
I prefer to search new opportunities over weekends, so that I can focus easily. It gives me sufficient time to analyze the required skills, which eventually helps me to present my profile in better way.posted 2 years ago by Hari
I prefer searching on the market in the evening, out of distractions, so I can focus better and adapt the cover letter to the job, highlighting better the skills required by the job posted. Even better if it's done on a Sunday evening, so to ensure my application and CV are active from Monday morning.posted 2 years ago by Fabrizio
As a Italian (and Indeed user), I have to confirm that I do take a clear lunch break. After having scanned job sites for a few hours in the morning, I think it's important to have a healthy, good lunch and give myself a break before starting again in the afternoon. When I write those motivational letters for a job, I want to feel awake and focused. It will only benefit my chances at finding employmenposted 2 years ago by Denny
I just have really good breakfast, that gives me enough power to stay online until 4-5 pm. Then I have a cup of tea and a proper dinner with my family later in the evening.posted 2 years ago by Andrew
As a Belgian (and Indeed user), I have to confirm that I do take a clear lunch break. After having scanned job sites for a few hours in the morning, I think it's important to have a healthy, good lunch and give myself a break before starting again in the afternoon. When I write those motivational letters for a job, I want to feel awake and focused. It will only benefit my chances at finding employment.posted 2 years ago by Shana
Pienso que la búsqueda de empleo, no solo es ver cualquier vacante, si no también verificar la que se adapte a las personas y que sean lo que realmente estén buscando. Así tanto el empleado como el empleador estarán a gusto y la productividad será la mejor.posted 2 years ago by CARLOS ALBERTO
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