Summer is already well underway in Luxembourg, much to everyone's delight. School vacations are approaching, much to the delight of children! But for those of you looking for work, we know what you're thinking: "All the recruiters are on vacation, so there's no point in applying for a job...". Well, you may be wrong. Applying for a job during the summer can be advantageous for a number of reasons.
Increase in summer job offers
Many companies experience an increase in hiring during the summer months. This is particularly true in sectors such as tourism, hospitality and retail. Seasonal businesses need extra staff to meet the demands of the summer season. More job vacancies mean more opportunities for jobseekers.
Furthermore, companies often plan their hiring in advance. They use the summer months to recruit. They can then train their new employees for positions available in autumn or winter. By applying during the summer, you position yourself as a candidate for the positions to be filled. This gives you an advantage over those who apply later.
According to Moovijob, a specialist recruitment site in Luxembourg, the number of job offers does not fall during the summer period. Recruiters post their advertisements online before they go on vacation. In this way, they can anticipate their needs for September and find applications to process when they return.
Company recruitment in summer
It's also worth noting that some companies in Luxembourg close their budgets during the summer period. They then decide on their future recruitment needs. For some HR departments, hiring activity resumes only after these decisions have been made.
Are recruiters available in July and August to respond to cover letters and CVs? It's difficult to generalize about the availability of recruiters during the summer. It's important to remember that some companies close their doors, especially during the first 15 days of August. This is particularly the case in the construction sector, with its system of collective vacations .
However, few people take more than 2 weeks off in the summer. Remember that the legal vacation period in Luxembourg is 5 weeks, except in certain sectors such as banking. If in doubt, it's best to take your chances and send in your applications during the summer. At best, recruiters will find your letter of application when they return from vacation.
Stand out from the crowd by applying during the summer period
Overall, there was a drop in connections between April and September on job boards. On moovijob.com, a site specializing in employment, connections fell by 11% in June compared to the annual average.
Nearly 90% of recruiters use job-boards as a recruitment method. So it's in your interest to try your luck at a time when recruiters receive fewer applications via this channel. In other words, during the summer months.
What's more, a majority of jobseekers refrain from applying during the summer, thinking that hiring is slowing down or that employers are on vacation. With fewer competitors, your application will stand out more. So you have every chance of being noticed by employers.
In Luxembourg, job applications pick up particularly in September, at the same time as recruitment events such as job fairs. Candidates are flocking here to look for a job , so it's not necessarily the right time for you.
Flexibility for summer job interviews
If you're a student, you'll find it easier to schedule interviews in the summer and get to them without conflicting with your other commitments. You can also devote more time and attention to the application process. This is also the case if you have more leeway during the summer months.
Applying for a job takes time and effort. During the summer, you have more free time and energy to adapt your CV. You have more time to write convincing cover letters and conduct in-depth research on the companies that interest you. This extra preparation can help you present yourself as a strong candidate. So many advantages at your job interview
Our advice: when should you send your application to Luxembourg?
More generally, what is the best day and time to apply for a job when applying by email?
It's worth noting that in the corporate world, 40% of e-mail messages arrive in the morning in professional mailboxes, drowning in the mass. So you're more likely to get noticed if you send your application early in the afternoon, when you return to the HR office on Monday. That way, you'll be ahead of the rest of the week's CVs, which will then pile up on their desks.
In conclusion, if you're looking for a job in Luxembourg, summer is the ideal time to send in your applications. You'll have more chances of standing out from the crowd, and just as many opportunities to seize as during the rest of the year.
A final tip to ensure your visibility on the job market: remember to update your CVs online on social networks, but also in CV libraries. That's how your CV will rise to the top of the list!