Summer Job Search Strategies
Summer is almost here. You're hot. You're tired. You want to go to the beach. The winter of your job-search discontent may have past, but with the warm weather it doesn't mean you should put your job search plan on hold. While it may be hard to focus on looking for work during the summer months, taking a vacation can mean adding months and months to achieving success. If you plan accordingly and continue your efforts, you may find that by the end of the summer new opportunities will present themselves. Here are a few strategies that will help you get through a summer job search .
Keep on pace. Many job seekers think that it doesn't make sense to send out resumes during the summer months when more people tend to be on vacation. This is not true. Hiring still happens over the summer, and if you stay on top of your job search you can make progress. Summer interviews can actually be more beneficial as people tend to be working at a slower pace and are more relaxed. Summer may also mean an opportunity to secure some seasonal work, which could translate to permanent employment - a bit more on that later.
Continue to network. Networking is still one of the best ways to secure a job and you should not halt this critical step during the summer. Industry events, trade shows and conferences are still taking place. Attend them. People will be hosting summer socials, a prime opportunity to meet new people and outline your job goals. Attend career fairs and job seminars. And continue to tap into your career network.
Stay visible through social networking. Join networking forums like LinkedIn where you can connect with companies and hiring managers through affiliated associations or direct outreach. Ask for informal meetings or assistance. Keep informed about association or group events that may be taking place.
Capitalize on seasonal staffing trends. In the summer months, many companies look for seasonal or part-time employees. This is a good time to get your foot in the door on a part-time basis, which could lead to more permanent employment. There are also several industries that staff up when the weather turns warmer, like the healthcare industry. With graduations occurring, employers look to recruit entry-level job seekers. The tax industry works the same way too, with the summer months staffing up in preparation for fall tax prep. If you are in the field of education, teaching positions need to be lined up by September for the beginning of the new school year. And any job that has you outdoors, like landscaping, will see hiring spurts during the summer months.
Make a To Do list and schedule in down time. This will help prioritize each day and optimize your job search. You can also schedule in down-time so that you don't feel like you are spending the entire summer on the job hunt.
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