The explanation is, of course, logical. Survey after survey shows that finding a new job are among many people's priorities or even resolutions for the New Year. And by the Wednesday after that first post-vacation slump, they're ready to take action.
"People are back into their routines, back into their commutes," said Vicki Salemi, a careers expert for Monster. "Monday and Tuesday are about getting immersed back into work, and Wednesday it's time to exhale and say 'okay, I'm going to do this now.' " (By Thursday, she said, they're already looking toward the weekend. So much for sticking with those resolutions, huh?)
Unsurprisingly, January overall is busier than any month of the year. In 2015, half of Monster's 10 busiest search days were in January. In 2014, seven of the top 10 fell in the frigid first month of the year. (Monster can't pull data before 2014 because it moved to a new system that would make for unlike comparisons.) "In December there's so many distractions," Salemi said. "January lends itself well to getting ramped up full speed."
Whether other job search sites see the same first-Wednesday spike is unclear. LinkedIn said its membership has grown so quickly that it wasn't able to analyze its data under our deadline. CareerBuilder, another online job search giant, did not immediately respond to a request for data.
It's possible, meanwhile, that 2016 could be an even bigger year for job searches this week. A recent CareerBuilder survey of more than 3,200 workers found that 21 percent of employees planned to search for a new job in the new year, up from 16 percent a year ago. ManpowerGroup said in December that the national hiring outlook for the first quarter of 2016 was the strongest of any first quarter since 2007.
So if you're planning to hunt, join the crowd. By tomorrow your motivation could be gone.