Tips For A Successful Job Search During The Summer

Combine enjoying the outdoors with job searching.

Combine enjoying the outdoors with job searching.

While others are enjoying the lazy, hazy days of summer thinking that no one gets hired in the summer, nothing could be further from the truth.  Hiring does take place.  The process may take longer.  But people get hired all year around.  And you could be one of them.  Fortunately, you can take your job search with you to many outdoor locations. 

Here are a few reminders for what you should be doing during your summer job search:

*Because work still needs get done even when the staff is on vacation; companies hire temporary help to get the job done.  If you show what a terrific employee you are, you could be offered a permanent position when everyone returns.

* Since summer is a very social time of the year, be ready to network.  Keep your elevator speech current and polished.  Leave copies of your résumé in the car so it is available when you need it.  Be sure to have plenty of business cards with you wherever you go.

*Be patient and flexible.  Even though hiring takes place in the summer, it may take a while to get all the necessary people in place to conduct an interview.  Days off and shortened work days have employees keeping irregular hours.

*Understand that you are doing everything in your power to find a job.  The reason you aren’t getting the job isn’t a personal attack on you.  It is simply that someone else is a better fit.

*Take a close look at your résumé, cover letter and other marketing materials.  Tweak and update them to include keywords, achievements, and numbers. While you are at it, practice your interviewing skills.

*Update your skills or keep them fresh by volunteering, taking classes or teaching them to others.   Something is always changing whether it is new or updated technology and methods.  By keeping in step with the changes, you will have an advantage over people taking it easy over the summer.

*Remain positive.  The pace maybe slower, but hiring does happen.  Stay positive and keep your mental house in order.  Eat healthy; enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables that will be picked soon. Exercise in any way you want in the fresh air.  Continue getting plenty of sleep.  You need to stay healthy and in good spirits to have a mindset that says hire me.

*Plant flowers or vegetables in whatever space you have.  Watching things grow in your surroundings will combat the feelings of hopelessness.  It will give you a sense of accomplishment and will add beauty.  And who doesn’t like fresh vegetables.

It may seem like it’s going slow but hang in there.  It may require more patience, so take some time to work on your job search and enjoy the short summer season.  Because next year, you will be working.


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