If you’re in a job search, especially if it’s a long one, you’ll be tempted to think that summer is sort of a waste, as far as job search goes. Isn’t everyone out on vacation, especially now that pandemic numbers are down, mask use isn't as mandatory and most people have had their shots?
Sure, some people are not at work because of vacations, and that can extend the already lengthy decision-making process at various companies. But there’s still less business travel happening, and gatekeepers are away -- all the more reason for you to keep up your search activities such as networking.
Some key reasons to keep at it right now:
- There will be many more functions and parties and reunions this summer, not to mention cookouts and other events to make up for none last summer – great chances to not only have fun but to network. All networking is, is talking and listening and forging a connection by helping one another.
- Summer makes people a bit more laid back and approachable, which makes it easier for you to call new network contacts or to network
- Job seekers report that recruiters’ schedules are a bit less booked despite the fact that they usually place many people in the summer – in other words, they will more readily see you or network with you
- Other, less-informed job seekers are slacking off, so there’s less competition
- If you do little or nothing, it will not feel as good – you’ll feel as if you’re on the sidelines
If you do nothing, you won’t have anything in the “pipeline” for September if you haven’t landed by then. Why not “hit the ground running” in September?
Remember: 1) Always have business cards on hand when you go to any in-person event, and 2) keep your LinkedIn profile cued up on your smartphone so you can share it with your contact. And 3) dress in such a way that if you’re asked on the spot to answer some interview questions, you’re comfortable doing so, whether it is in person or via Zoom.
At social functions, don’t overdo the alcohol or you may be remembered for some rather negative reasons….
Avoid getting sidetracked by “honey-do” lists (which can affect everyone!). While these are things that could be important, are they more important than your career? Doesn’t your career fund your life? So isn’t it to your benefit –- and your family’s benefit -- to land sooner? This will be easier to achieve by keeping up your activity. Your lawn will do just fine if it’s not perfect.
If you’re at the cabin for long weekends, be sure to schedule adequate job search time between weekends or your search will go into stall.
In short, keep up your activity, even when it’s 90 degrees and you don’t feel like it. Your competition may be at the beach but YOU will be doing something to land that great job!
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