Looking for a job during the dog days of summer comes with a certain set of challenges not found at any other time of year. Sometimes it may appear as if the entire workforce is on vacation, the automated email responses are never ending and calls go unanswered for weeks.
However, before giving up on the summertime search, according to Forbes, it is important to look at the many opportunities that may pass you by. Often, freelance or temporary staffing during the summer can lead to permanent hiring. Also, with less competition it may be easier to get your resume spotted by hiring officials.
Summer is traditionally one of the hardest times to set up an interview, however time can be productively spent updating your resume and LinkedIn page and taking other preparatory steps to be ready for the fall hiring frenzy.
According to the media outlet, summer is a great time to reach out to old contacts, or make new contacts to further spread your network. The bulk of jobs come from personal contacts, and there may be no better time than summer - when businesses are often less busy - to set up informational meetings and other networking events. If you were turned away by a company six months ago, that doesn't mean they're not interested now.
When hiring managers aren't swamped, they are more likely to respond to emails. A message asking to set up a time in which you can learn more about the field and career opportunities is more likely to be responded to in this period than any other in the year, the news provider stated. Summer is a time when companies hold several informal events, such as picnics or sporting event outings. Going with a friend to their company's functions is a great way to expand your network.
The lazy days of late summer are also a great time to take a look at yourself internally and decide what it is you really want to do, and what you want to accomplish.
"People can be most helpful if you tell them precisely what you want in a job (rather than, for example, saying what turned you off about your last–or current–position)," wrote author and attorney Deborah L. Jacobs. "So use the next few weeks to set priorities: What's more important to you at this stage–a flexible work schedule, challenging assignments, or a higher salary?"
This form of reflection can be paired nicely with a list of all professional achievements you would like to accomplish, according to Forbes. Perhaps you have lost your job - that does not mean you've lost your human capital. When writing a list of the things you hope to accomplish in your work life, try imagining having lunch with a colleague you haven't seen in years. What would you tell them about the experiences you've had in the workforce? By looking back at what you have already accomplished and the skills you have learned in previous jobs, you may find a renewed sense of self that can lead to a long list of new personal achievement goals.
Finding a job during the summer may be difficult, however recent statistics show that this summer has been one of the best times for students to find jobs in years. According to the Orange County Register, this may be due to new thinking among recent grads that any paycheck is a good paycheck, prompting them to accept a wider range of jobs.