Thinking about taking summer vacation away from your job search? That could be a big mistake.
Summertime is here and when temperatures climb, job seekers have a tendency to put their job searches on hold. But there are plenty of reasons why a summer job search hiatus is a major misstep.
On the surface, summer job searches seem like a waste of time. With recruiters, HR staff and executive decision-makers on vacation, the speed of the hiring process can slow down dramatically. Consequently, a lot of people think that they are better off recharging their batteries from June through August, and resuming their search in September.
Summer Job Search Tips
In reality, summer can actually be a great time for a job search. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Recruiters & Decision-Makers.
It’s true that it will probably take a little longer to connect with recruiters and decision-makers during the summer. But no employers take a three-month summer vacation so stick with it – you will eventually make contact with the right people.
People tend to be more social during the warm summer months. You can take advantage of that by using every get-together, parade or walk around the block as an opportunity to connect with people who may be able to help you achieve your job search goals.
Summer can also be a great time to retool, upgrade and improve your job search materials. Update your resume, research potential employers, start a personal website – there are lots of things you can do to take your search to the next level.