It will be Memorial Day, the unofficial start of Summer, in the blink of an eye. What are your plans? Boating, cookouts, concerts or day trips? By all means, take that long weekend, reflect and relax. However, if you’ve been debating about embarking upon on a job search, please don’t let the lull of the long days and warm weather sidetrack your search.
Six Success Strategies
- Plan time for fun AND your job search
Yes, there is room for both! You need to be realistic and schedule in job tasks right alongside your social calendar. Sure, it can be mundane. But, procrastination in this instance is not your friend.
- Use the lack of competition to your advantage
Many people will postpone their job search until the Summer ends. Labor Day, and the start of the school year, is considered the “New Year” on the calendar for many. However, if you wait that long, you’re just putting off the inevitable. There will be job seekers looking for work this Summer, and you should be one of them.
- Better weather = better moods
In general, people are more upbeat this time of year. After a long, cold Winter and rainy Spring, the warmer temperatures and sunshine leave people in better spirits. What better time to take advantage of that than now?
- Networking is easier
There are more outdoor events to attend and they are easier to get to. Who wants to go out after work when it’s dreary, dark and below zero? You can’t use the temperatures as an excuse. Get out there and start meeting and mingling.
- Your odds of reaching a recruiter, hiring manager or HR person may be better
While more people do take time off in the Summer months, schedules often lessen, giving you a better chance of making contact. Try early morning before 8 a.m. to make that call – your odds of someone picking up increase. People assume that everyone takes off for vacation, but the office still needs to be open. Someone will be there. Interviews and hiring still take place! If you can be flexible on when you can come in, call or be available around someone’s vacation schedule, that’s even better!
- Keep up-to-date on LinkedIn enhancements (and use them!)
Like it or not, LinkedIn is a must-have job search tool. They’re continually rolling out new features that can improve your odds of landing a job or connecting with people who can help you down the line in your career. Just this week, they rolled out “How You Match,” a checklist that, according to their official blog, will show how your education, experience, and current job “match with what a company is looking for in a potential new hire.”
Take heed of these tips, rev up your search this Spring and Summer, and you could be well on your way to a new job before Fall!
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