Job Searching Strategies for the Summer


The best way to find a new position during the summer months is to simply focus on what you need to get done to improve your standing and get yourself into interviews.

According to Parade, the first step should be to form a career goal for your job search. This doesn't have to be one specific position that you're tied to or fall in love with. However, it should help you narrow your search further than scouring Craigslist or similar job sites for anything remotely relevant to your field. Finding a few specific positions or general areas of an industry should help you focus on job openings for which you're qualified and prepared to undertake. Taking these extra steps will help you focus better, giving you better opportunities to succeed.

Once you know what you want to do, the next step is to do the work to get you there. This means you should look at the expectations that different companies have and how you're presenting yourself. The best companies will clearly display their expectations and the elements of their branding, and from there you'll be able to determine which ones appeal to your interests. Speaking of brands, you should also look at the ways you're presenting yourself, especially online. If you update your LinkedIn and similar accounts often, and focus on presenting your skills, you'll likely see more success once you apply.

Focus on your presentation

After you've aligned your vision and decided upon the specific elements of the search you prefer, Parade noted that you need to make sure your documents and presentation are as close to flawless as possible. Many hiring managers - up to 46 percent of them - said that if they see as few as two typos on a resume, that's enough for them to eliminate a candidate from consideration in the hiring process. As a result, you should be putting your documents in front of anyone willing to see them. This includes friends, family, colleagues and staffing services employees. All of them can help you find mistakes you might not have otherwise noticed. The staffing experts will go a step further, helping you find specific companies and positions that may be in need of someone with your skills.

Once you've reached this point, and you've started applying to specific positions, it's time for you to prepare for the questions that may be asked of you in various interview situations. Before you walk into an office, you should make sure you've researched the employer, or at least looked at their website. You can also try being grilled by a friend in a mock interview, as this will help you stand up to any questions in the future.

Don't discount social media

With the summer brings a new crop of college graduates, and those that find jobs will likely do so through social media, according to The Street. That figure actually grows when one looks at the employment picture at large. More than one in five new hires finds that social media was the key element that landed them a new job. This is because many managers looking for professional experience, specific hard skills and employees who will be able to connect with their companies like to vet their potential hires through Facebook and similar websites. By focusing on industry issues, applicants will have a much better shot at improving their long-term possibilities for landing jobs.