If you have contacted the ResuMAYDAY office in the past two years, there’s a good chance that you’ve spoken to my lovely assistant, Sz’Moyne. Her favorite part of the job is talking with job seekers and helping them solve their problems whenever and however she can. And it’s with that positive attitude that she approached me with a few ideas to share with our clients about their summer job searches. So without further ado, I’d like to introduce a new segment to the ResuMAYDAY blog: From the Desk of Sz’Moyne Arnwine…
3 Summer Job Search Tips:
Now that summer is here, most job seekers will think that it’s a good idea to place their search on hold until the fall. While it’s true that some companies don’t extend offers until the fall, keep in mind that they interview before the offers…in summer. Here are three reasons not to believe that myth that it’s a waste of time to launch a job search in the summer:
1. Going to a pool party or summer event? You never know when you will run into a hiring manager or an industry professional at a picnic or other summer event. Make sure you have perfected your elevator speech, and drop a few business cards in your beach bag. If you find yourself with some summer free time, spend a few minutes making sure your LinkedIn profile is updated with your current career goal, all the right keywords and a good-looking profile picture. Summer is also a great time to conduct informational interviews with others who also have down time. Remember to think strategically, and act opportunistically.
2. Sometimes no news is good news. We have all been there before. You apply to a position but you don’t hear anything back right away so you assume that you aren’t qualified. Guess what? All bets are off when summer schedules take over. With summer in full swing, HR may be working with a reduced staff or the decision maker may be out of the office. Expect that it’s going to take a little longer to hear from someone. Be patient and don’t assume the worst.
3. Set small, obtainable goals that work with your schedule. Yes, it’s summer. You’ve earned some downtime, so go for it! Just be sure that you are setting aside time to fit in a few job search activities. Set a schedule of days and times that you can commit to your search. If you don’t do this, a week off can quickly turn into a month. Before you know it, the entire season can be behind you, with no job search progress to show for it. Small, obtainable goals will help keep you on track.
In conclusion, be proactive and take advantage of the season. Summer downtime and parties provide great opportunities to network and add momentum to your search. Be prepared! You never know what’s around the corner!
Sz’Moyne Arnwine is the Client Relations Manager at ResuMAYDAY. She loves learning about job search and business strategies, and generously shares them with the ResuMAYDAY community.