7 Ways to Turn Up the Heat on Your Job Search

 

Don’t take a vacation from your job search simply because it’s summer. By acting against the myth of a summer slowdown, you can heat up your job search and scorch the competition! You may be surprised to find that there is often less competition because the rest of the pack is acting on the outdated assumption that companies don’t hire in the summer. Follow these tips to put some sizzle in your summer job search.

1. Don’t Let Vacation Mentality Sabotage Your Search

A job search is daunting and summer is a traditional time for vacations or time away with families. However, if you succumb to temptation and set your job search aside, you will lose valuable momentum and are likely to miss opportunities. Job seekers tend to follow a traditional academic schedule and put their efforts in full force in the fall. Getting a jump on the competition by maintaining a steady effort over the summer puts your name at the top of the list for interviews now.

2. Don’t Miss Important Calls

With mobile devices, you can still make yourself available even if you do take a few days away from home base. Just remember to be professional when answering your phone and get in the habit of excusing yourself from the fun to take those important calls. You can continue your phone and email follow-ups from the road and get right back into your job search schedule upon your return.

3. Business as Usual

Recruiters and hiring managers continue to operate on typical business schedules during the summer months. Though scheduling interviews may be more complicated because of staff and search committee vacations, the timing may actually work to your advantage. Hiring decisions may be made more quickly than at other times of the year as staffers scramble to complete deadlines before their summer break. Hiring in the summer often contributes to an efficient business cycle by allowing training time before a busy fall season.

4. Attend Seasonal Community Activities

Summer is a prime time for festivals, fairs, and other types of community events. Attend as many of these as you can to network and spread the word about your job search. The casual nature of these events often gives you the opportunity to approach important hiring contacts that may be less accessible at other times of the year. Be prepared with a business card in your pocket and your updated resume ready to be sent out. You may even use these casual contacts to build a network of like-minded job seekers for support and sharing information about available job leads.

5. Update Your Resume and Online Profile

If your job search has slowed, summer is a great time to revamp your resume by removing older entries and adding industry keywords that highlight your strengths and make your resume pop during electronic scanning. Be certain to post the updated version of your resume to websites. If you notice any skill gaps during your resume review, summer is a great time to build skills with a workshop, training, or independent study. Classes and workshops also offer great networking opportunities.

6. No Shirt, No Shoes, No Interview

Summertime is not an open invitation for flip flops, khakis, or bermuda shorts. Regardless of the heat outside, be professional! Don’t blow an interview by being too casual. Pull out your best professional wardrobe for an interview or when dropping off your resume. Make the same choices for professional attire when interviewing via Skype as well.

7. Stay Current

Maintain subscriptions to online sites to remain abreast of the latest job openings as well as company expansions in your region or industry. Although the competition may seem fierce online, many of those likely candidates may be unable to attend an interview. Your diligent monitoring of varied sites will put you at the top of the interview list because of your qualifications and availability.

Update your resume, expand your network, and maintain your momentum by staying consistent with the job search. Heat up your chances of landing an interview during the final days of summer while the competition takes a vacation!

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Summer break is finally upon the hordes of schoolchildren and college co-eds.  Hooray for them, right?  Meanwhile, you’re still stuck in the office June through August, missing out on hot, lazy weekdays and prime pool hours.  So when your precious vacation is finally upon you, what are the first things you check to make sure you have?  If you’re like the majority of modern men and women, you’re probably carrying on board a laptop and cell phone that your coworkers can reach you on.  Americans have a penchant for working on vacation, when it’s all things “work” that they’re trying to leave behind.  Here’s some friendly advice for leaving the office for a couple glorious weeks each year:

Delegate Tasks to Others

In the days and weeks leading up to your time off, start making notes of important details, deadlines, and contact information so that you can easily pass off your responsibilities to someone else while you are away.  Start familiarizing those people with the tasks that will be left to them so that the whole office can function smoothly in your absence.

Plan around Busy Periods

If you know you are always busy around a certain time of year, make sure to plan your vacation well in advance of this time or a little ways beyond it.  Similarly, if you have a big deadline to meet, make sure your vacation won’t coincide with it.  A vacation is meant to be stress-free, so don’t travel at a time when your presence in the office is vital.

Set Limits for Yourself

If you absolutely must do work while away, set a reasonable schedule for yourself and stick to it.  Don’t leave all of your contact information while away for the entire office, but instead, leave an emergency phone number for one or two people in case it is imperative that they get ahold of you.  Allot half an hour each day to think about work, and let your coworkers know that you will check in with them instead of having them get in touch with you in a way that interferes with your time off.

You work hard year round…so when you finally get some time off, enjoy yourself.  It’s important that life back at the office doesn’t spiral out of control while you’re away, but it’s equally important that you get some relaxing downtime so that you don’t have a meltdown and complicate office matters on your own.

Bon voyage!

The Doostang Team

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