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Is it true that there is NO or very little hiring in the last quarter of the year?

 
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Hello All,

I am an international student in USA....about to graduate in December. TO get a job during my one year of internship that starts in Jan 2010, I took up J2EE training through a consultancy. My goal is to land a job by the end of Jan 2010 but my consultant just told me that it is very likely that I will get one because of the following reasons...
1) No body hires during christmas season
2) Department usually has no funds to hire
3) By the time dept gets more funds, it is around Feb or March of next year. (i.e almost in the end of the 1st quarter)
I
I am new to this country and as such I do not know whether this the general trend that US companies tend to follow..

The consultant's words are really affecting my confidence of getting a job by January.
Is he right about the hiring period?
I hope this is not the case.....

Jignya
 
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Jignya Patel wrote:I am new to this country and as such I do not know whether this the general trend that US companies tend to follow..



I have been hired in January, March, July, November and December. There is no general trend.

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Jignya,
Even if companies don't interview as much in December, there's no reason you need to wait until December. Many companies interview students before they graduate to start in several months.
 
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Hi Jignya,

There is no specific month to hire new employee in the company. That is all depending upon company requirement. If company get big project in November or December and they required employee they have to hire no matter what month running ...

so just cross you finger and start looking job with full of confidence .
 
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Thank You all for your positive replies.....

The negative attitude of my consultant is really bothering me.....He keeps telling me things like... no one hires during december or the job market is really rally really bad (which I dont think is true anymore....JAVA positions are really coming up)... Also before I joined him for the training he told me that he would sponsor my H1 next year..now he says that becuase his company is really small he will sponsor only a few selected people. If I need to be sponsored, I have to get a project first.

Now I am worried if I land up in a situation where I dont get a project and April (the month to apply for my H1) is coming up!!!

I am looking for other good consultants who are willing to sponsor my H1 for me next year. Does any one know of some really genuine consultants.
Someone who is true to their words and has honest work ethics....

I have never dealt with consultants before.....I am starting to have a bad feeling about him...
Please help me figure out what to do....
 
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Jignya:

There is a general downturn in hiring in late November through early January for one reason: in the US, people tend to take more time off between Thanksgiving (last Thursday in November) and the winter holidays (~ third/fourth week in December - early January). In addition, this is many companies' big money making period, so they tend to do code freezes. This is not to say that you can't or won't be hired in December, only that with lots of people being out, many companies will defer hiring decisions until after the holidays.

John.
 
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Thank You for replying,

.........."In addition, this is many companies' big money making period, so they tend to do code freezes."

What do you mean John?
 
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Jignya:

Many retail/e-commerce companies make most of their money during the November-December time frame. Other companies who aren't retail (including a former employer) also tend to make a lot of money off of the holiday spending increase. They tend to do code freezes (no major changes) to prevent introducing new bugs at that critical time.

John.
 
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