Dust off those résumés, job seekers. January 6 is the busiest day of the year to look for a new gig, according to job search site Monster.
Job searches typically slow to a standstill in the last few months of the year as job hunters turn their attention instead to eggnog and ugly sweaters. Searches declined by nearly 7 percent from November until December, according to Monster job search data.
But that all changes at the start of the new year, Monster said. Last year, job searches on the first Wednesday in January jumped 70.5 percent from the average day.
"By Wednesday, people feel more settled back into their routine and feel focused and confident, and that's when they start looking," explained Vicki Salemi, a careers expert for Monster.
From a recruiting perspective, it's also time to ramp up hiring efforts, she added.
The first quarter is generally the strongest hiring quarter of the year, as budgets for the new year are approved, explained Barbara Safani, president of Career Solvers in New York and author of "Happy About My Job Search."