Navigating the Summer Job Market: Don’t Let the Heat Slow You Down
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Navigating the Summer Job Market: Don’t Let the Heat Slow You Down

There is no doubt that searching for a job during the summer months is more difficult than other times of the year. People are vacationing and companies may have scheduled time off during this season, too. However, by the time summer is over, those who are searching for jobs will be rolling up their sleeves in an effort to find work. In other words, if you want to beat the competition, now is definitely the time to submit applications.

Even if you can’t get meetings with hiring managers, that doesn’t mean you should hold off on your job search until the fall. You can identify target companies, do company and industry research, work on your interview stories, polish your resume, enrich your online brand, master a new skill, update your references, organize your network contacts, and so much more.

Sure, some people may be on vacation, but that doesn’t mean everyone is. Act quickly as you uncover new leads and opportunities. Make sure you respond quickly to all calls and emails, suggest immediate meetings, and position yourself as the solution to a business problem.  Sometimes simply being available will give you an advantage over other candidates.

If you yourself are vacationing, try to set up meetings in that area to expand your network and keep your search moving forward. You should also stay on top of email and voicemail messages. Outdoor events are abundant during the summer months and excellent opportunities to network. If your job search is a top priority don’t plan on being out of touch for extended periods.

Subscribe to online job sites and submit your professional resume whenever possible. During summer months there are fewer job seekers in the market, which means less competition for you. Update your online profiles regularly to ensure decision makers are aware of your presence and availability.

It’s hot out there but your job interview is almost guaranteed to be in an air-conditioned office – so don’t lose the tie or jacket! Professional attire does not become an option during the summer months.

At the conclusion of every meeting and every interview, reiterate your understanding of when the next steps will take place. Continue your follow-up calls to decision makers regardless of who is on vacation. Becoming familiar with administrative staff and maintaining your visibility will highlight your eagerness and competitive spirit.

Enjoy the summer! Your job search is important, but so is spending time with your family and taking care of your overall health and well-being. Don’t become so stressed during your job search that you can’t enjoy summer activities. Get outside, have fun, and be refreshed.

Image Credit: Walt Handelsman

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